El Dia de la Raza is more important than most Colombians know. This day commemorates the ruthlessness and violent way in which our current race came about. Even though Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Crown/Catholics were the epitome of evil I have to appreciate the boldness with which they conquered and bled out a once thriving society.
The Battle of Boyaca was a very important Colombian revolutionary war battle, and it is held as a national holiday in Colombia. I am proud to be Colombian and today I have hoisted the beautiful yellow, blue and red flag outside my office.
Colombia's independence is long and bloody. November 11 is an important date because it was a precedent for all independence revolutions throughout South America. This sense of revolution and bravery that the people of Cartagena displayed earned their city the nickname la "Ciudad Heroica" the "Heroic City."
Colombian Independence Day Celebrations in Medellin are pretty much non-existent. In this blog post I go over why Colombians don't celebrate Colombian independence day like gringos celebrate the 4th of July.
Manuel Atanasio Girardot Díaz was a Colombian and Venezuelan revolutionary war hero. He was born here in Antioquia and we are very proud of him.