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“Día de la Bandera” a national holiday in Mexico dedicated to the flag

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Día de la Bandera (“Flag Day”) is a national holiday in Mexico dedicated to the flag of Mexico. Flag Day is celebrated every year on February 24 since its implementation in 1934.

Mexico’s Flag Day (Día de la Bandera) is annually observed on February 24 to honor the country’s flag.

Every year this date, Mexicans commemorate one of the country’s three national symbols: the Mexican flag. On this day, students nationwide hold special flag ceremonies at school and pledge allegiance to the flag while singing “El Toque de Bandera,” a short anthem in its honor.

What is the Mexican salute to the flag?

Article 14 within Mexican law states: “The civil salute to the Mexican Flag will be done in a straight position, putting the right hand extended over the breast, with the palm facing down to where the heart is located. The male people will salute the flag with the head uncovered.”

What do the symbols on the Mexican flag mean?

The central emblem is the Mexican coat of arms, based on the Aztec symbol for Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), the center of the Aztec Empire. It recalls the legend of an eagle sitting on a cactus while devouring a serpent that signaled to the Aztecs where to found their city, the Great Tenochtitlan.

How is Día de la Bandera celebrated in Mexico?

Though it is not an official holiday in Mexico, it is still a day that is celebrated with pride, as Mexicans hoist the flag atop buildings and businesses, and watch the military raise a giant Mexican flag as well. Further celebrations include a civic-military parade and an official event at the Mexican National Palace.

What does the eagle with a snake in its mouth mean?

What’s the meaning behind this imagery? It goes back to an Aztec legend. In ancient times, the gods told the Aztecs that they would find the perfect place to build their city where they saw an eagle on a cactus, eating a serpent. They spotted such an eagle – right in the spot that is now the main plaza in Mexico City.

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