Viva Mexico! - The 204th Mexican independence celebrations
Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
Sombreros hung high along the backdrop of white, green and red, sandwiched by streaks of the Mexican flag. This was the scene as ambassadors, dignitaries and socialites gathered on the lawns of the Mexican ambassador's residence in Cherry Gardens to celebrate the annual reception commemorating the 204th anniversary of the Mexican independence on Monday night.
With a greeting of 'Buenas tardes', the formal proceedings began. Paying respects to both Mexico and Jamaica, both anthems were performed with reverence. Mexican Ambassador Gerardo Lozano welcomed all to his humble abode, noting that he appreciated the wonderful turnout.
He said that it was an honour and a privilege to be celebrating his country's independence on our beautiful island. He added that he was pleased that both countries have bilateral arrangements in solidarity, investment, trade and tourism. He asserted that there is increased traffic between both countries and six new applicants from Jamaica were set to be off to study in Mexico, showing Jamaica's appreciation in exploring Latin horizons. He ended his speech by making a toast to Mexico and Jamaica.
Minister Nicholson addressed the gathering in the same fashion, echoing the strong ties between both countries while congratulating the Mexicans on yet another noteworthy annual celebration.
After the independence cry, the mariachi band took to the stage to entertain the guests as a mingling of Spanish and English filled the air, and they cut a huge cake to say, "Compleaños feliz, Mexico!"