Even though I have been away from Mexico, the country I was born, for over 30 years, I still have close connections with all my family and friends who are very much part of my daily life.
So I thought it would be a good time to share what happens in Mexico on Independence Day and why it is such a momentous occasion.
The month of September is referred to as “el Mes de la Patria” (month of the homeland).
Mexico commemorates a proclamation by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla on September 16th 1810, in the village of Dolores, near Guanajuato.
On September 15 at 11 p.m., the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico rings a bell from the balcony of the Mexican National Palace. He yells to the crowd below and they respond by saying Viva. This goes on until after a third time, everyone yells “Viva Mexico.” The people then wave flags and ring noisemakers. The Mexican anthem is sung and fireworks are set off to light up the sky.
On September 16th, a military parade takes place in Mexico City.
Brass bands fill the streets and governors re-enact “El Grito,” or the famous cry for freedom in major government palaces.
It is a big celebration for Mexicans with plenty of parties, festive decorations, parades, music, fireworks and plenty of traditional food.