Today, September 16th is the Mexican Independence day.
And September 15th is Known by Mexicans as “El grito” which means “the shout”.
Why “El Grito”?
Miguel Hildalgo y Costilla, was one of the promoters of the independence of Mexico. Who was the priest of a Catholic church in the town of Dolores. The September 15, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo gave the bells as a call to the start of the independence of Mexico from Spain.
On September 16 Miguel Hidalgo gave a speech Known as “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores”, where he told and encourage the population to fight for Independence of Mexico by shouting “Viva Mexico”, “long live Mexico”, and “Viva la Independencia “,” long live independence “.
How Mexicans celebrate Independence day?
The celebration is during the month of September, “the month of the Fatherland.” Schools organize festivals, the Streets are adorned with Mexican flags, red, white and green lights, representing the colours of the Mexican flag.
September 15th Mexicans celebrate by eating traditional Mexican dishes “Antojitos” (little cravings), dancing to our traditional music, delighting a good tequila, wearing traditional costumes, whistles and horns are a must. Mexicans gather in the main squares waiting to give “El grito” at 12 pm. (In These days, some cities have some kind of show or concert before or after giving El grito)
September 16th is a patriotic holiday in Mexico, schools and business are close, so Mexican families gather to keep celebrating with Traditional Mexican food, traditional drinks, playing Mariachi, enjoying and celebrating being Mexican. Because as I like to say, being Mexican is not just a nationality is a lifestyle!
Viva Mexican Food!!
Have a fantastic day and let’s celebrate be Mexicans with a lot of Mexican Food
Mexican Flag (Mexico City)