Mexican Independence Day, celebrated annually on the 16th of September, is a day that deserves special attention. This is not just another day for Mexico, but an important symbol of its national pride. As always, in 2023 the celebrations will take place on this day, transforming Mexico into an energetic and vibrant celebration.
Uncovering the Origins: An Overview of History
Mexican Independence Day has its roots in the early 19th Century when Mexico (then called New Spain) was under the strict grip of Spanish colonialism. This lasted for over three centuries. Spanish colonialism was a harsh regime that saw natives suppressed, their assets confiscated, and their political dominance increased.
Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Catholic priest who lived in Dolores. He became a beacon of light during this time of repression. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest from Dolores, was a beacon of hope in the midst of such repression. His “Grito de Dolores”, delivered on September 16, 1801, not only demanded an end to Spanish rule, but also ignited the Mexican War of Independence. Spain did not relinquish its grip until August 24, 1821 after a decade-long, grueling war.
In the last two centuries, this momentous occasion has become a national celebration. In recognition of the importance of this historical event, many organizations and corporations created scholarships for Hispanics, further strengthening the spirit of independence.
Confusing Identity: Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo
Outside of Mexico, there is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is the same as Mexican Independence Day. They are two separate events. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla, 1862. Mexican Independence Day commemorates Mexico’s rebellion against Spain.
A Day of Patriotic Zeal – Traditions and Celebrations
Mexican Independence Day is a spectacular blend of parades, patriotic speeches, and fireworks that illuminate the night sky. The Mexican Independence Day celebrations are a spectacular display of national pride. They draw inspiration from the U.S. July 4 celebrations.
- Colors of Pride : The streets of Mexico are decorated in the national colours – red white and green. The colors of the Mexican flag are everywhere, from public spaces to private homes.
- A nostalgic echo One of the most memorable moments of this event is when the Mexican President reenacts Father Hidalgo’s famous bell ringing of 1810, which was followed by a rendition “Grito de Dolores”. The ceremony is live-broadcast to millions of people via radio and TV. It’s attended by a half million spectators.
- Dance, Music and Food: A celebration would not be complete without food and music. The traditional mariachi bands get people up and moving. It’s a culinary delight. The air is filled with the scent of traditional dishes such as ‘Menudo,’ ‘Queso Fundido,’ and ‘pozole.’ These culinary delights come with a variety of beverages, from tequila to Mexican beer and the refreshing sangria.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
The 16th September is not just a date on the Mexican calendar. It is a symbol for resistance, resilience and renewal. There’s no better way to experience Mexico’s vibrant culture and rich history than by attending the Independence Day celebrations.