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Colombia Independence Day Festival 2013

April 10, 2013
Colombia’s Independence Day is July 20, 1810  It marks the end of the Spanish reign over the Creole people.  Fed up with the years of abuse and tyranny, the Creoles formed a plan to insight a riot on the streets of Bogota.  Bogota was home to the Spanish Viceroy, Antonio José Amar y Borbón, and a hotbed for patriot angst.

The Plan for Colombia’s Independence

On the morning of July 20th, 1810 Creole patriots would ask a well-known Spanish merchant Joaquín Gonzalez Llorente to borrow a flower vase with which to decorate a table for a celebration in honor of a well-known patriot sympathizer, Antonio Villavicencio.  The patriots knew he would refuse; his refusal would be a good excuse to provoke a riot and push the Viceroy to relinquish power over to the Creoles.  Meanwhile Joaquín Camacho would go to the Viceregal palace and request an open council to discuss Colombia’s fate; the patriots knew this request would also be refused.    

Colombia’s Independence Day Plan in Action

Camacho and his group went to the Viceroy’s home, where the request for an open council regarding Colombia’s independence was rejected.  Meanwhile, Luís Rubio went to ask the well-known Spanish merchant for the flower vase.  It is uncertain whether the Spanish merchant refused rudely or if he was antagonized by the patriots until he became rude.  The fact of the matter is that the patriots now had two simultaneous accounts of the Spanish being rude to them, one in the Viceroy’s rejection for a town meeting for Colombia’s independence, the other the refusal to let borrow a vase for a well-known patriot sympathizer.  Bogota was already on the verge of revolt, so a riot easily ignited.

Town Meeting
Colombian patriots went back the Viceroy and asked him to solve the matter peacefully by letting them elect a local governing council.  The Viceroy hesitated, so José Acevedo y Gómez made an impassioned speech to the angry crowed, directing them to the Royal Audience, where the Viceroy was meeting with the Creoles.  With an angry mob coming down on him, Viceroy Amar y Borbón had to sign the act to permit a local ruling council, eventually leading to independence.  Like many other countries around the world, Colombia’s Independence Day marked the beginning of a long road towards stability.  Years of tyranny and abuse at the hands of the Spanish are a couple of reasons for a slower development.
  

Colombian’s are Prideful and Happy

Colombian people are very patriotic.  A Colombian’s house is typically adorned with pictures of Colombia’s beautiful landscapes and architectural facades, ceramics of traditional modes of transportation, the smell of something cooking in the kitchen, and of course the Colombian flag.  Colombia is one of the happiest countries in the world.  In a recent study it was ranked in the top 10 of happiest countries in the world.  Wherever you find a group of Colombian’s you’ll find a great party. 

Colombian Independence Day Festival in Anaheim, California

On July 14, 2013 there will be a big Colombian independence day festival 2013 in Anaheim.  The festival will include live performances by famous Colombian bands, folk dance performances, entertainment for children, typical Colombian food and drinks, traditional alcohol, soccer, and guest performances.  2013 will mark the Colombian Festival in Anaheim’s 4th year.  Attendance has increased every year.  Last year roughly 5,000 people attended, this year the event’s organizers are expecting more than 8,000 people.  Organizers have added more food and alcohol booths to comply with the increased demand, and reduce last year’s long lines. 

Everyone’s welcome to the Colombian Independence Day Festival 2013

Colombian’s are some of the world’s most hospitable people.   No matter if you’re Colombian or not you’ll enjoy the Colombian Independence Day festival 2013.  Gather your friends and family and head for Anaheim on July 14 to join thousands in attendance.  Make sure to get your ticket at the pre-sale price at the Colombian Independence Day festival 2013 in Orange County website, http://www.festivalcolombianooc.com/.
 

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