What Happens on Mexican Independence Day 2019?

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Even though I have been away from Mexico, the country I was born, for over 30 years, I still have close connections with all my family and friends who are very much part of my daily life.

So I thought it would be a good time to share what happens in Mexico on Independence Day and why it is such a momentous occasion.

The month of September is referred to as “el Mes de la Patria” (month of the homeland).

Mexico commemorates a proclamation by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16th 1810, in the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato.

On September 15 at 11 p.m., the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico rings a bell from the balcony of the Mexican National Palace. He yells to the crowd below and they respond by saying Viva. This goes on until after a third time, everyone yells “Viva Mexico.” The people then wave flags and ring noisemakers. The Mexican anthem is sung and fireworks are set off to light up the sky.

On September 16th, a military parade takes place in Mexico City.

Brass bands fill the streets and governors re-enact “El Grito,” or the famous cry for freedom in major government palaces.

It is a big celebration for Mexicans with plenty of parties, festive decorations, parades, music, fireworks and plenty of traditional food.

History of Mexican Independence Day 

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Is Negativity Affecting Your New Business?

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As you build your business, are there any circumstances that push you into negativity mode? Do you get upset when things don’t go as planned?

Experiencing negativity is inevitable when we are taking our lives to a whole new level.

We feel the effects of negativity, particularly if we are looking to create real change in our lives and in ways that are less familiar to society.

It can be challenging, especially when we first start our business. We will have to deal with perspective, opinions, and different ways of thinking.

Negativity can be a real success blocker if we don’t know how to manage it.

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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IQ is not the only difference between successful students and those who struggle.

In education, understanding of students and learning from a motivational and a psychological perspective is much better, according to Angela Lee Duckworth.

Angela Lee Duckworth (born 1970) is an American academic, psychologist and popular science author. She is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studies grit and self-control.  She is also the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a not-for-profit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

In her Ted Talk, she poses the question: “What if doing well in school and in life depends on much more than your ability to learn quickly and easily?”

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