The celebration of Revolution Day (Día de la Revolución) in Mexico on November 20 is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, when, after magnificent celebrations to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mexico's independence, an armed uprising led by Francisco Madero began against the Diaz regime .
For many years Mexicans lived in poverty. Only a very few could afford to lead a luxurious life. Peasant discontent grew and eventually culminated in a series of strikes across the country. In 1910, General Porfirio Diaz, who ruled in Mexico at that time, was forced to hold elections under public pressure. Initially loyal, however, the general quickly changed his mind and imprisoned the main candidate for the presidency, Francisco Madero, believing that the people of Mexico were not yet ready for democracy.
When Madero was released, he continued to fight against Diaz's dictatorship. By this time, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, the defenders of the distressed peasants, had become famous in the provinces of Mexico. It became increasingly difficult for the general to control the situation, and in May 1911 he was forced to resign.