What Happens on Mexican Independence Day 2019?

Mexican children wearing Mariachi customs

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.

History of Mexican Independence Day 

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How Can A Wall Reduce Illegal Immigration?

A photo of Mexico and US border

President Donald Trump wants to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the rest of the 2,000 miles southern border between the U.S. and Mexico to keep out dangerous, undocumented immigrants, but will a ‘beautiful’ wall be the best way to reduce illegal immigration?

The 2,000 miles wall consists of fences, concrete barricades, gunboats, drones and SUVs. It includes uninhabited desert, major cities and the Grande River.

Back in 2000 my family and I decided to spend some time in San Diego, California while conducting business in Tijuana, Mexico. As our sons grew up speaking English, San Diego was a convenient location at the time.

We were among the many people crossing the border every day. People cross the border for work, school or holidays. But returning to the US was stressful.

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