It was the occasion of 206th Anniversary of Mexico’s National Independence Day 2016 and we celebrated it at KidZania Delhi NCR.
On this day KidZania Delhi NCR, the place for fun learning for kids, hosted the Mexican Ambassador H. E. Melba Pria to celebrate the 206th National Independence of Mexico.
It was a very simple and emotional celebration that we had at KidZania at the theater. It started with the national anthem of India and then an emotional Ms Pria briefed us and answered various questions about the Fiesta Nationale Mexico after performing the customary ritual of “The Cry of Independence”, a ritual of the church bells ringing, and playing of the Mexican national anthem. We all present at the ceremony, were given the distinction of being the Honorary Mexicans of the Day, cheered along, saying “Viva Mexico” before and after the Mexican national anthem. She also participated in one activity with the kids from Shikhar Foundation present during the day at KidZania and leaded them in a mock Firefighting procedure.
KidZaniaDelhi NCR in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy has also announced exciting offers on entry tickets to Delegates of all Embassies in Delhi NCR from 12th – 30th Sep 2016.
Speaking on the occasion, H. E. Melba Pria said, “At the ceremony of the Independence of Mexico held at KidZania Delhi NCR today, we were able to share some of our beloved traditions with the children and their parents. It is especially important for children in this day and age to get as much exposure to other cultures as possible. Mexico is proud to be the origin of companies like KidZania, which take our creativity and innovative spirit worldwide.”
Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, KidZania said, “We are delighted to have hosted the Mexican Ambassador H. E. Melba Priaat at KidZania Delhi NCR. It was a great opportunity for us and the children & families of Delhi NCR to connect with Mexican culture and interact with Her Excellency. We strongly believe in empowering children through hands on experiences, where they can learn about culture and values from around the globe, while having a great time.”
H.E. Ms. Melba Pria then departed in her Three wheeler Auto, the official vehicle of the Mexican Ambassador. For all of us it was an amazing opportunity to watch her use an fuel economic and environment friendly mean for her travelling in the city in her official vehicle, an Auto rickshaw, as we all know, but differently painted in white and the Mexican colours.
KidZania is a concept that originated from Mexico with the launch of their first KidZania facility in the year 1999. With the success of the first KidZania in Mexico City, they now have three centers in Mexico. KidZania has since spread globally, with 24 centers in 19 countries. One of the fastest growing kids interactive edutainment brands in the world; KidZania currently has two facilities in India, ‘Mumbai’ operational since 2013 & KidZania Delhi NCR (operational since May 2016.). It is known for its unique concept where kids have fun while enjoying real-life experiences in a city scaled down to kids’ size.
KidZania Delhi NCR is built like a city across 96,000 sq. ft. where children can independently explore and choose to role-play from 90+ exciting careers like pilot, surgeon, RJ, chef, fire-fighter among many more. KidZania emulates the workings of a city, complete with a functioning economy and its own currency. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens.
The franchise for KidZania in India, is owned by Imagination Edutainment India Pvt. Ltd., whose shareholders are Singapore-based KidZInc, with 74 per cent of the equity, while actor Mr. Shah Rukh Khan owns the remaining 26 per cent in his personal capacity.
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Mexico’s National Independence Day
Mexico’s National Independence Day is officially observed on 16th September 2016. This date is considered the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence.
Cry of Independence also known as the Cry of Dolores is deeply entrenched into the Mexican War of Independence that dates back to 1810. It was on 16th September 1810, one of the founding fathers of Mexico Miguel Hidalgo, gathered a congregation of villagers in a small town of Dolores by ringing church bells and with a big cry urged to end the Spanish rule on the Mexican soil. Due to its grand significance, the Cry of Independence, since 1825 has been incorporated as an institutionalized tradition to herald the celebration of the National Independence by invoking names of the great founding members of the nation.
Every year the President of Mexico at the stroke of the midnight delivers the Cry of Independence from the main square of Mexico City, and in the exterior, it is the duty of the Ambassador to carry on with this tradition.
People celebrate this on September 16. There is no scholarly consensus as to what exactly Hidalgo said at the time, as the book The Course of Mexican History states “The exact words of this most famous of all Mexican speeches are not known, or, rather, they are reproduced in almost as many variations as there are historians to reproduce them”.
Each year on the night of September 15, at around eleven in the evening, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. After the ringing of the bell, he repeats a shout of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores”, with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence, ending with the threefold shout of “Viva México” from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. After the shouting, he rings the bell again and waves the Flag of Mexico to the applause of the crowd, and is followed by the playing and mass singing of the Himno Nacional Mexicano, the national anthem, with a military band from the Mexican Armed Forces playing.
This event draws up to half a million spectators from all over Mexico and tourists worldwide. On the morning of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade (the September 16 military parade) in honor of the holiday starts in the Zócalo and its outskirts, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard, passing the El Ángel memorial column and other places along the way.
A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico, and in Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide on the 15th or the 16th.