August 9, 2009
Ecuador is celebrating these days 200 years of Independence from Spain. On august 10 of 1809, a group of patriots revolted against the Spanish crown, imprisoned the President of the “Royal Audience of Quito” and proclaimed a Civic Junta to govern what is today the territory of Ecuador. The then bloodless revolution was massively supported by the local population. This event was the first of such nature during the Colonial domain of Spain and triggered a process which less than two decades later, had freed all of Latin America. For this reason, Quito is called the “Light of America”
In 2009, while commemorating this epic moment of history, the capital of Ecuador, Quito, glitters more than ever with its natural scenery adorned everywhere with flags, banners and lights as well as its Historic Center with its centenary churches, convents, monasteries, plazas and monuments, spectacularly illuminated at night, giving the city an aspect of unique splendor. The most representative and magnificent locations of the city will be the venue for hundreds of indoor and outdoor events, including mega concerts; theater presentations recreating the historic events of 1809; exhibits, special opening of cloisters, monasteries, museums; parades and ceremonies.
While the celebrations and events will have Quito as the main epicenter, the entire country will commemorate the historic date with equally lively, solemn or festive events of all sorts in all the cities and towns throughout the country. These will continue for the rest of the year, since a Bicentennial celebration is a one-time grand occasion.
Hundreds of dignitaries from countries from all the continents will join the main events on august 9 and 10, including more than a dozen Presidents of Latin America and other countries. These events will coincide with the inauguration of a second period of office for the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa.
Streets, plazas, city observatories, historic buildings all over Colonial or Modern Quito will be teeming with local and foreign visitors admiring the colorful events, day and night, framed by the superb mountain scenery that surrounds the city with at least three giant, snow-covered volcanoes clearly visible from many city angles. Restaurants, bars and entertainment establishments will offer special local delicacies, music, art, folklore and modern day dancing with famous national and international artists.
Culture, art, popular acts and events will occur all across Ecuador for this historic celebration, making these days and the coming months, a perfect time to visit Ecuador to enjoy its exceptional natural and cultural diversity at a particularly unique and great historic and festive moment.