Celebrated annually on September 15, the National Day of Honduras commemorates the day in 1821 when the country, along with four other Central American nations, gained independence from Spanish rule. The marching, singing, and dancing of school children commences early in the morning of September 15. Throughout Honduras the beating of drums can be heard, and children are escorted by teachers. Families view the parades and dance shows, Younger generations sport their National Soccer team jerseys (since the colors match the flag and just about everyone from the poor to the rich has one) and the teenagers and children put on their show.
Located in Central America, Honduras shares land borders with Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. To the west is the Gulf of Fonseca which is a part of the Pacific Ocean. To the east is the Gulf of Honduras, a part of the Caribbean Sea. Tegucigalpa, is the capital of Honduras and seat of government of the Republic, along with its twin sister Comayagüela. Claimed by the Spaniards on September 29, 1578, Tegucigalpa became the country’s capital on October 30, 1880.
The Republic of Honduras maintains warm and friendly relations with several countries. It is a member of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Central American Parliament, the Central American Integration System, and the Central American Security Commission. The Republic of Honduras has a Consulate Office in Pasig City, and the Philippines has a Consulate Office in San Pedro Sula.
We greet the people and government of the Republic of Honduras led by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, on the occasion of its 196th Independence Day anniversary.