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Photo Caption: A famous photograph of Francisco Villa and Emiliano Zapata after they took Palacio Nacional on Dec. 6, 1914.

Many workers will get Monday off to celebrate the 111th anniversary of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution

Though the actual anniversary of the revolution is on Nov. 20, Mexico, like many other countries, often moves the national holidays backward or forwards to afford employees a long weekend. 

As a result, on Nov. 15 all government offices and many businesses will be closed. 

The types of businesses that typically close over the holiday include banks, schools as well as law and accounting firms.

Garbage collection is also usually suspended, though no official word has been given. Just to be on the safe side, make sure to dispose of your waste beforehand.

However, virtually all restaurants, stores, and entertainment venues tend to stay open as the long weekend usually means great business.

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Also, open during the holiday are Mérida’s zoos and parks and Yucatán’s archaeological sites

Due to fears of COVID-19 contagion, the annual revolutionary parade will also be canceled for the second year in a row, confirmed Mérida’s police chief, Mario Arturo Romero Escalante. 

This piece of news was actually celebrated by many on social media, as the turnout is usually fairly poor and severely impacts mobility throughout its duration. 

The Mexican Revolution (1910–20) was a long and bloody struggle among several factions in constantly shifting alliances which ultimately resulted in the end of the 30-year dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz and established a constitutional republic.

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