2011 was the year of the Bicentennial Celebrations in Mexico. This wonderful country commemorated 200 years of Independence from Spanish rule and 100 years of its Revolution that began in 1910 and toppled dictator Porfirio Diaz.
El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule.
As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec Empire.
After Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, the Spaniards carried out expeditions to find gold and riches from these faraway lands. In 1521, about 500 Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico, headed by an ambitious man: Hernán Cortés. At this time, the Aztecs had built a great empire that ruled over all Mesoamérica. So the Spaniards decided to direct their attacks towards them.
The indigenous nations that were under the Aztec rule were tired of the physical and economic hardships imposed upon them by this empire. This circumstance made them think that by helping the Conquerors defeat the Aztecs, they would be better off. So they decided to aid the Spaniards.
Über ¡Felicidades! (he probably speaks Spanish and German – the man can do it ALL) – New Mexico’s Own Neil Patrick Harris is the latest STAR on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame!
“As much of an honor as this is, unfortunately, it won’t be the first time I’ve been plastered on the sidewalk in front of the Frolic Room,” our boy quipped about the “saucy” location of his star.
Harris and fiancé David Burtka (thank you NY) beamed with pride at the ceremony in front of a crowed full of NPH fans! How I Met Your Mother co-star Jason Segel, and “Avengers” director Joss Whedon were also on hand for the celebration.
“Right now, my twins, Gideon and Harper, are too young to understand this honor. They spend most of their time peeing and vomiting on me. But let’s be honest, that’s probably what’s going to happen nightly to my star here outside the Frolic Room. someday, when they’re older, I’ll take them here, my heart bursting with pride, and say, ‘Kids, your old man was the 587th Hollywood star in the Television category.’ And God that sounds good!”
Harris also made sure to thank David, saying that he loves him more than anything in the world, “Except for this star”, and no doubt those beautiful babies of theirs!