News Center -TDO- Mexicans in Ankara commemorate their Independence Day with a traditional ceremony and an exhibition about Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. O On September 15, the Embassy of Mexico commemorated the 212 Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico at the Doğan Taşdelen Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi, in Ankara.
The event was attended by the Mexican community in Türkiye, the Diplomatic Corps and members of the Turkish political, business, cultural and civil society sectors. During his speech, the Ambassador of Mexico to Türkiye, José Luis Martínez, underscored that Mexico and Türkiye have excellent relations, working in different fora as the United Nations, G20 and MIKTA, with the objective of achieving world peace and international security.
Ambassador Martínez also pointed out that Mexico and Türkiye are countries that always have something to say to the world. Following his speech, Ambassador Martínez performed the traditional “Grito de Independencia” (the call of Independence)— a tradition in which Mexicans remember their national heroes and shout “¡Viva México!” (long live Mexico!) to commemorate the beginning of their quest for independence in 1810. This tradition is unique in all the world and one of the most emblematic in Mexico. It is performed by all Mexican Presidents and other authorities-. The official ceremony at Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi ended with a series of regional Mexican dances from the provinces of Jalisco and Veracruz, performed by the Latin American Friendship and Cultural Association. For this special occasion, the Embassy also carried out the opening of the exhibition "Diego & Frida: life chronicles" (Diego & Frida: hayat kronikleri), a portrait of two of Mexico's greatest artists. About the exhibition The exhibition "Diego & Frida: life chronicles" is a collection of photographs of distinguished artists who were friends and colleagues of the couple, depicting important moments in the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Diego and Frida are one of the most celebrated couples of Mexican art history. Their charismatic personalities helped to establish a movement which would have a definitive influence on the cultural life of 20th century Mexico. The photographs will be on display at Çağdaş Sanatlar Merkezi until October 1.