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Craig Frew | 10:04 UK time, Tuesday, 15 September 2009

As Mexico celebrates its big day Mark finds himself in the privileged position of helping to take part in the 24-hour long fiesta.


Image courtesy of soupshow via flickr creative commons license

Its been 199 years since Father Hidalgo rang a church bell and rallied his fellow Mexicans to fight for freedom from Spanish rule. Mexican Independence Day celebrates the events and people that eventually resulted in independence. Fiestas up and down the length of the country begin by re-enacting that "cry of independence" by ringing the bells in small villages and hamlets, to the bells of the National Palace in Mexico City.

During the celebrations streets are littered with green, white and red decorations, flags fly high from almost every building as the towns and cities break into the party mood.

It's a grand occasion for the people of Mexico and with still a full day to go keep an eye on the Twitter feed for messages from the party.

We will feature an update from Mark in the next few days about what he thought of the event, and we'll find out if he has managed to stomach the spicy food!


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