Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 170: Mexican Independence Day

On the way home from the CAC this evening, Mr. E and I happened to cross paths at the traffic light right by our town-homes, at the corner of 9th & Q Streets, and we saw several folks walking north along 9th Street dressed in red, green, and white -- the colors of the Mexican flag:

I remembered seeing a banner at Ernesto's restaurant on 16th & S Streets about celebrating a date in September, which turns out to be September 16th:

Neither Mr. E nor I was familiar with the significance of this date as Mexico's Independence Day.  According to Wikipedia, the Grito de Dolores on 16 September 1810 marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain, which lasted until 21 September 1821.

It's interesting to learn about different aspects of history that influenced this part of the United States, as the historic events and activities that were emphasized during my earlier schooling focused far more on the East Coast and the original thirteen colonies.


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