¡Viva la Independencia Nacional! Tequila toasts in celebration of Mexican national day

Fresh Mexican Consul-General leads his first independence day celebration in Hong Kong with longstanding customs.

Mexicans blew the roof off the Hong Kong Maritime Museum as they cried out “VIVA!”, “VIVA!” and again “VIVA!” led by Mexican Consul-General Damián Martínez Tagüeña. He proudly waved the Bandera de México (national flag) and cried out: “¡Viva la Independencia Nacional! ¡Viva México!”

The traditional champagne toast was replaced by a more passionate tequila to celebrate the 251st anniversary of the Mexican Independence Day. This year also marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong and Macao.

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Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung (袁國強) was the guest of honour. Outgoing LegCo president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing (曾鈺成), who was busy moving out of his LegCo office, also showed up to greet the new Consul-General.

Consul Generals were thick on the ground from Canada, Austria (acting), South Africa, Kuwait, Poland, Argentina and a range of other diplomats represented many, many nations along with luminaries from the Mexican and Hong Kong communities. All shared in the joy of a nation whose importance in Hong Kong and Asia is rising.

the author

Alex Fok is a Harbour Times journalist monitoring Hong Kong's daily political scene and diplomatic updates. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Economics, Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick and his master's degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a former committee member of the Warwick-based Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (WHKPASS) and was the chief editor of the society's magazine - PASSTIMES.