Just a Thought: Celebrating Diez Y Seis
By Steve Walker
San Antonio loves to party year round especially in September because we celebrate Diez Y Seis, Mexico’s Independence Day from Spain. Since those of Hispanic origin are the majority population in the Alamo City it is only logical we remember that rich Hispanic heritage.
Those who studied Texas history know that Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's called for the end of the Spanish rule in Mexico, September 16th, 1810. That same day in 1825, the Republic of Mexico officially declared September 16th to commemorate its freedom from Spain.
The party included mariachi singers, elected officials, dignitaries, various people of all ages to wish the duo a Diez Y Seis “Happy Birthday.”
The reader may remember former Mayor Julian Castro was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Democratic Convention. That was a San Antonio celebration in itself.
Now that Diez Y Seis is history, we can anticipate and look to next year’s celebration with San Antonio’s two favorite sons, Julian and Joaquin.
As always, I write “Just a Thought.”