Honoring the Mexican flag that was originally created in 1821, this day is filled with the utmost displays of patriotism. Though not a public holiday, revelers demonstrate their loyalty by attending parades in the capital and throughout the country. Although the green, white and red flag has undergone many changes through the years, the colors have always represented independence, purity and unity, respectively. The eagle and cactus emblem acknowledges the country's tie to its ancestors through an Aztec legend.
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