This week on the 16th September we celebrated Grito de Dolores, Mexico’s Independence Day. Many of us across the globe donned our sombreros with pride, as we filled our glasses with tequila and shouted ‘Viva Mexico!’
We ask ourselves, why is life better wearing a colourful, wide-brimmed cone-shaped hat with felt pom-poms? We all know it is. You can’t move for sombreros at Heathrow come summer time when we are all jetting off to our favourite Spanish speaking countries, piñata in tow. Well, here, in our lovely El Camion blog, we’ll tell you why the sombrero is the God Of Hats.
The sombrero is one of Mexico’s national and cultural symbols. The name comes from ‘sombra’, the Spanish word for ‘shade’ or ‘shadow’, so you can make the respectable assumption that they were created to protect horse riders and farm workers from the hot, beaming sun. The Texan cowboys loved the idea so much that they stole it as inspiration for the cowboy hat (a nice, but decidedly lesser hat when placed next to the sombrero).
Sombreros can be made from straw in different colours, but if you were really a G and wanted to stand apart from the peasants, you would get one made for you out of felt and have it decorated with gold embroidery. The traditional Mexican sombrero has a huge brim and is too heavy and impractical for workers, and so it is usually worn by mariachi, Mexican folk musicians. Sombreros can reflect the social and economic status of the wearer, so the wider the brim, the taller the cone and the brighter the bling, the better you are.
According to a Mexican folk song, if you want to show someone you love them and seal the deal, throw your sombrero on the floor, thereby expressing that you are willing to sacrifice your most valuable possession. We don’t know about you, but will we ever love someone that much to give up our sombrero??
Long live the heroes that gave us the Fatherland (and liberty)!
Long live Hidalgo!
Long live Morelos!
Long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez!
Long live Allende!
Long live Galeana and the Bravos!
Long live Aldama and Matamoros!
Long live National Independence!
Long Live Mexico! Long Live Mexico! Long live Mexico!