Flag Day in Mexico

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Flag Day
Official name Día de la Bandera
Also called flag day
Observed by Mexico
Celebrations Celebrate past and current flags
Date February 24
Next time 24 February 2015 (2015-02-24)
Frequency annual
Ex Mexican president Vicente Fox salutes the flag.

Día de la Bandera ("Flag Day") is a national holiday in Mexico. Flag Day is celebrated every year on February 24 since its implementation in 1937. It was established by the President of Mexico, General Lázaro Cárdenas, before the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag on March 12, 1821.

The date was selected because more than a century earlier (February 24, 1821), the "Plan of Iguala" or "Plan of the three guarantees" was proclaimed by Agustin de Iturbide and General Vicente Guerrero. This plan was based in three principles: "Religion, Independence and Unity", which were represented on the flag's colors. On this same date, Jose Magdaleno Ocampo tailored the first three color flag for what would soon be an independent Mexico. This flag, commonly known as the "Pendon Trigarante", had the colors: white, green and red in that order, arranged diagonally with three eight-point gold stars, one on the center of each color banner.

When the Pledge is recited, it is customary to salute the flag with the raised arm Bellamy Salute while speaking. When the flag is being paraded, the arm is held across the chest, palm parallel to the ground.

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