This Sunday we will be offering some wonderful Authentic Mexican dishes in honour of Mexican Independence Day. Here is a history lesson about this day: On Monday, Mexicans around the globe will celebrate the anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain. The day is marked by a national holiday in Mexico, a reenactment of a historic moment from the revolution’s leader, and an array of performances from fireworks to dance routines. Often confused with Cinco de Mayo by people living in the United States & Canada, Mexico’s independence day is actually September 16th. The date marks the moment when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest known as Father Hidalgo, made the first cry for independence. After a moving speech in the Mexican town of Dolores, Hidalgo took up the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic image of the Virgin Mary as she appears to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican believer who was later sainted by the church. Despite the uncertainty around Hidalgo’s exact words, the speech today celebrates his passion for Mexico and its people—and honors the moment when he pushed the country toward its eventual independence. There are four essential rules to celebrating Mexican Independence Day: 1. Eat pozole 2. Drink tequila (or mezcal) 3. Listen to Mariachi music 4. Wear Mexico’s national colors (red, white and green) Although the holiday is officially observed on September 16th, festivities in Mexico actually start the day before. After a half day at work or school, families sprint home to begin preparations for a lavish dinner, complete with numerous, mouthwatering traditional Mexican dishes such as tamales, chiles en nogada (a dish made of poblano chiles stuffed with meat and dried fruit, in Mexico flag colors) — and of course, pozole (a soup made of hominy and pork, topped with crunchy fried corn tortillas). After dinner, crowds rush to the National Palace, where at 11 p.m., the president of Mexico rings the bell, followed by a reenactment of the famous “El Grito.” At the end of the call, crowds erupt in three, unison shouts of “Viva Mexico!” complete with fireworks being set off in the background, as celebrators begin to
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DID YOU KNOW? The historic Seabuckhorn plant is a hardy and extremely versatile plant grown here on the prairies. It's Latin name, Hippophae rhamnoides, translates to "Shiny Horse" as a fruit traditionally used as feed reserved for the most elite race horses. In modern time Seabuckthorn fruit & oil has been used mainly as a medicine & health supplement throughout Europe and Asia and recently as a skin care product in North America. The plant itself loves hot and dry environments, making it perfect for most Alberta yards and farms. If you've never tried it before or you're a long time consumer, inquire about Seabuckthorn U-pick at the Farm.