Thousands Attend Mennonites Celebrations

Jesus Alberto Rodriguez / The Daily

Sunday, August 14, 2022 | 08:40

Cuuhtemok, Chihuahua.Thousands gather in Mexico to celebrate 100 years of Mennonites, activities that include historical reviews, commercial exhibitions, a parade, concerts, and theatre. The festivities will continue with a rodeo and concluding concert.

Activities formally began last Wednesday at 10:00 in the warehouses of the Cerro la Instancia Production Union, in the lvaro Obregón commercial corridor from kilometer 14 of Cuautémoc.

Long ago, a massive caravan of vehicles and pedestrians began to saturate the place, with a desire to be part of the inaugural series of celebrations for this century.

Thousands of people present included a large number of personalities from the political and business fields.

In prison were: Maria Angelica Granados Trespalecios, Director of Innovation and Economic Development, representing the governor of the state, Maria Eugenia Campos Galván; Cuauhtemoc’s municipal president, Elias Humberto Pérez Mendoza; Saúl Mireles Corral, deputy of the 14th district and representative of the State Congress; The head of the colony are Manitoba and Swift Current, Guillermo and Johann Fehr, respectively; Oscar Leos Mayagóita, Regional Representative of the Government of the Republic and Alejandro Alegre, General Director of the Bank of Mexico of Exodus.

The event was also attended by officials from various municipalities of the state of Chihuahua, representatives of the consulates of the United States, Canada and Germany, as well as Mennonite families from other states of the republic and countries such as Paraguay, Bolivia and Canada.

proud to be mexican

“Today more than ever we are proud to be Mennonites and proud to be Mexicans,” emphasized the master of ceremonies for a brief historical review led by researcher Pedro Rampel, who studied the passage of Mennonites through several European countries. He remembered his arrival in Canada and the hardships he faced before, during and after the First World War.

He spoke of sentiment against the Germans born out of the First Great War, and how it took away authority from the Mennonite community in Canada, so he began to seek new horizons and facilities to live within their religious and labor norms. North from Mexico.

Historian Abraham Peters had the opportunity to tell some anecdotes about the first Mennonite families who arrived in the then inaccessible area of ​​San Antonio de los Arenales; He emphasized the great courage and initiative that women had in those early years.

In his participation, the municipal president of Cuautémoc, Elias Humberto Pérez Mendoza, highlighted the value that the Mennonite community has made during the past 100 years to make it the third municipality in economic and population importance in the state of Chihuahua.

He said that Cuauhtémoc combined the work and effort of three great cultures: Mennonite, Mestizo and Tarahumara, all of whom are Mexican.

He said the values ​​of the families of these three cultures are stronger than the problems faced by the pandemic, economic crisis and wave of violence.

After historical reviews and speeches, the official opening of cultural, gastronomic and business exhibitions took place; Similarly, a parade was held which was attended by ornamental cars, classic vehicles, trains besides other historical and cultural attractions.

Today, Sunday, activities begin with a play at 1:00 p.m. Centennial Rodeo is planned at the Mennonite Museum on Kilometer 10 of the Commercial Corridor at 5:00 p.m., while closing will take place at 8:00 p.m. With a concert at 14 km in the warehouse.

bank of mexico mint currency

As part of the celebrations of this important centenary, the Bank of Mexico made official the minting of a commemorative coin with a denomination of 20 pesos, which was put into circulation for any type of monetary operation. This coin is bimetallic, has a bidirectional shape, has a secret image and a microtext as security elements.

During the opening ceremony of the festival, the Bank of Mexico’s general director of emissions, Alejandro Alegre, made a physical presentation of the coin and announced that with 150 thousand pieces (4.5 million of which were minted) Cuauhtemoc was the first municipality in which it was minted. brought into circulation.

history and present

Last March 8 marked the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Mennonite people in Mexico, most notably at the San Antonio de los Arenales train station, today the city of Cuautémoque. During this time, Mennonites have been able to retain many of their original cultural and religious aspects, but they have also made many strides into modernity.

The history of the Mennonites is linked to their Anabaptist religion and their constant pilgrimage through Europe in search of lands where they could maintain their simple lifestyles, be pacifists and profess their faith. As far as her fate in Mexico is concerned, the story begins in Canada.

Historian and historian of Cuautémoc Marcelino Martínez points out that after living in Canada for several years, some Mennonites did not see a series of changes in the said country’s policy towards their community, including the compulsory fulfillment of military service, which was their occupation. collided with. pacifist. For this reason, in 1919 he again searched for land to live in, he toured the United States and Latin America, without finding a place.

The Chronicle of Marcelino Martínez indicates that in 1921, commissioners Julius Wiebe, Cornelius Rempel, David Rempel and Klas Heid received from the government of General lvaro Obregón in Mexico, a concession under total acceptance of the terms and characteristics that they proposed. , and in the state of Chihuahua, in the Bustilos region, acquired 200,000 acres (100,000 ha) that they had purchased from the Bustilos y Annexes estate.

On March 8, 1922, the first of several trains arrived in San Antonio de Arenales, bringing Mennonite families who have since formed part of the population of the municipalities of Cuautémoc, Riva Palacio, Namiquipa, Cusihuiriachi, and more recently, Ojinaga and Vila. have taken. smoked; Later they moved to other states.

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