CIMMYT El Batán celebrated Mexican Independence Day last Friday. Many people showed their national pride by dressing in red, white and green—the colors of the Mexican flag. The colorful crowd gathered in the main lobby to sing the national anthem and to be entertained by the Mariachi Real de la Montaña.
As per tradition, there was the “Grito” or “Shout for Independence,” which was done by Roberto Javier Peña, while Caritina Venado rang the bell. Isabel Peña and Caritina gave short speeches in Spanish and English, explaining the significance of September 16.
The weekend kicked off early as people ate delicious Mexican snacks and indulged in a bit of wine. Marcelo Pérez from the Maize Program also performed for his colleagues with his wonderful singing voice.
Celebrations then moved to the festively-decorated Rincón Mexicano, where the mariachis played again and staff showed off their moves on the dance floor. Special thanks to Comedor staff for serving drinks and tacos and to Eloise Phipps for organizing the Rincón portion of the evening. Viva Mexico!