November 20th Holiday in Mexico

Whether you are in Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Rincon de Guayabitos, Chacala or La Penita, everyone on the Riviera Nayarit and in the Country of Mexico are celebrating “The Day of Revolution”,  which will be celebrated through Monday as well.

The Day of Revolution, or in Spanish, Día de la Revolución,  is celebrated  every year  in Mexico on November 20th. The anniversary of the 1910 start of the popular movement which in fact led to the overthrow of  dictator Jose de la Cruz Profirio Diaz Mori after serving 34 years of military rule, also ushered in over a decade of civil war.

This day is celebrated in Mexico as the beginning of the Mexican Revolution that ran from 1910 to 1920 and was called for by defeated presidential candidate and reform writer Francisco Ignacio Madero. In fact, the day itself represents a misfire.

The Plan of San Luis Potosí

While in exile in San Antonio, Texas Madero wrote a political document that was later published in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosí and hence became known as “The Plan of San Luis Potosí.” Madero called for the people of Mexico to rise up and the begin a revolution about 45 days later at 6PM on November 20th.

On November 20, 1910, Madero arrived at the border and had planned to meet up with 400 men that had been raised by his uncle Catarino to launch an attack on Ciudad Porfirio Díaz, modern-day Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Unfortunately for Madero, his uncle showed up late and had only brought  ten men. Seeing this, he postpone the armed conflict to begin the revolution.

Madero was not alone in his revolutionary actions against Diaz. Other well known names in the revolution were Emiliano Zapata in the south, who championed the struggle to return lands to the people through grants we now know as ejidos. Poncho Villa was also a supporter of Madero’s revolution, changed from bandit to revolutionary and was responsible for the revolution in his region, with the Division of the North.

Pancho Villa                                                                                                                Emiliano Zapata

The Government Offices and Stores Close

Sunday, November 20th is in fact the actual holiday. However in Mexico,  when the holiday falls on a weekend the following Monday is celebrated as a holiday as well.  So that means that this year expect banks, government offices and many local businesses to be closed on Monday November 22, 2010. Some major shopping stores and are usually open. Most restaurants stay open as well.

Have a fun time on the Riviera Nayarit in beautiful Mexico on this celebrated holiday, and plan on taking this Monday off as well!

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