Flag Day in Mexico

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Mexico’s Flag Day (Día de la Bandera) is annually observed on February 24 to honor the country’s flag.

National flag celebrations take place every year on the week of February 24 in Mexico. The current Mexican flag has been officially in use since 1968, although the origins of the general three-colored design go back as far as 1821.

As a national holiday and to pay respect to the national flag, most schools have a ceremony that includes a parade, the national anthem, dances and poetry.

The Mexican flag consists of three vertical bands in green, white and red. The meaning of the colors is green for hope, white for unity and red for the blood of the national heroes.

The Mexican coat of arms (which portrays an eagle on a prickly pear cactus with a snake in its beak and talons) in the center of the white band. This symbolizes the founding of Tenochtitlan- now Mexico City, where the Aztecs founded their city and empire.

When the Mexican flag is displayed or to salute the flag, Mexicans stand at attention with their right arm placed in a salute over their chests with the palm facing downward, parallel to the ground.

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