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If you want to know more about how Mexican Independence Day is celebrated, read on. You’ll likely fall in love with more than a few of the holiday traditions surrounding this date and you’ll undoubtedly be on your way to celebrating a happy Mexican Independence Day no matter where you are on September 16th.
The Grito de Dolores, or Independence Day celebration, happens on the 16 of September in Mexico, a date that honors the beginning of the Mexican Revolution and Father Hidalgo’s cry for independence from Spain in 1810. It is on this date every year that you can hear shouts of “Viva Mexico” from every corner of the country.
On Mexican Independence Day, holiday tradition calls for a vibrant fiesta filled with dancing, music, and plenty of delicious food, much of which fills the streets as millions of Mexicans celebrate together.
Much like Independence Day celebrations in other countries, you’ll see a Mexican parade in just about every town, a lively fireworks show, and people enjoying a happy Mexican Independence Day with family and friends.
The most iconic element of an Independence Day celebration is the reenactment of the historic Grito de Dolores, or cry for independence, that was made by Miguel Hidalgo, a priest who led the fight against the Spanish. While the country didn’t actually get their independence from Spain until 1821, the 16 of September in Mexico is the date officially recognized by the government and its people.
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the nation’s triumph over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-American War.
In contrast to the large celebrations hosted in the United States by Mexican-Americans and fans of Mexican culture, Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In fact, throughout most of the country, you won’t find a fireworks show, a Mexican parade, or any of the other typical festivities that surround some of the larger holidays.
Mexico’s Independence Day, however, is a nation-wide party, with restaurants, bars, and private homes throwing huge celebrations filled with Mexican pride.
On September 16, 2022, show off your love for the Mexican culture and have a happy Mexican Independence Day by shouting “Viva Mexico” at the top of your lungs. If you’re in Mexico during that time, even better. Join in the festivities and revel in the beauty of Mexican culture and holiday tradition.
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