Celebration of the 198th Anniversary of Independence of Central American Nations
A day of festivities for Central American officials and citizens residing in GermanySeptember 18th, 2019
On September 12th, the Embassy of Guatemala held the celebration of the 198th anniversary of independence of Guatemala, in conjunction with the Embassies of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua. All the respective ambassadors were present.
The five Central American countries celebrated together, as they all acquired independence on the same day. On September 15th 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five nations free from Spain.
The event began with the words of the Ambassador of El Salvador, H. E. Amb. Florence Vilanova de von Oehsen, President pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA). The German Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Niels Annen, also gave a brief speech.
Other guests included Werner Eckart, the Honorary Consul of Guatemala in Munich, and Walter Jonas, Deputy Prime Minister of Oberbayern. In total, roughly 250 people participated in the event, including German government officials, deputies, members of the diplomatic corps and special guests.