Did Anybody See These Little Carts With Mexican Flags?

It’s for the holiday, and we don’t even want to know that you don’t even know which holiday this is
BY: ALEJANDRA SARACHAGA

As in any other country our Mexican flag is a big deal for us. But more so here. We would not wear the bandera of the country as a swmming suit for crying out loud, and we don’t understand how you can desecrate your flag like that.

These carts with patriotic memorabelia, (OK, cheap trinkets), have come over from the mainland for the holidayWe even have to memorize an oath to the flag and the meaning of its colors when we are in elementary school.

The current Mexican flag was officially adopted in 1968, but the basic design has been around since 1821. Our flag has changed 13 times since then. Kinda like our constitution, it’s a fluid thing.

White meant the purity of the Catholic faith, red  for the merging of  Spaniards and indigenous, and green for the independence from Spain movement.

But when  Benny Juarez became president he changed the meaning because he also established a law which made the country secularized, meaning that no religion will be official and schools should not teach religion. He did this because the Catholic church was meddling in politics and had  backed the wrong man when Juarez rose to power. So Juarez clipped the churches wings.

At that time the colors came to be green for hope, white for unity and red for the blood shed by the national heroes.

All this is to emulate Padre Miguel Hidalgo, the father of independence, who grabbed a Virgin of Guadalupe banner, waved it around like crazy and yelled out Viva Mexico, and calling for independence.

So here is where the carritos are explained.

You could buy all kinds of holiday paraphernalia off those little carts that spring up around town at this time of year. Those are little carts, or Carritos.  Hung on these green, white, and red carts you will find Mexican flags of course, in all sizes and for all purposes, to decorate your house, your office, your car, or yourself. There are also whistles, trumpets, stickers, and even dresses for little girls. There are Mexican dolls, bobby pins, and the image of St. Jude and the Guadalupe Virgin decorated with the colors of the Mexican flag. Green, white and red, pay attention! There are also clappers, fake mustaches, necklaces, earrings, pinwheels, key chains, and more. And the prices are fair; they go from 20 pesos all the way up to 350 pesos for the biggest flag. All these items are handmade right here in Mexico.

And if you missed them, they have packed up for the season, because we are done celebrating the birth of our country for another year. Look for them next year.