As Mexican Independence Day approaches we choose to celebrate by sharing some educational facts that many people are not aware of about this important holiday. We’re sure that these are 5 things you probably never knew about Mexican Independence Day:
1. Independence Day is September 16, NOT May 5.
In countries outside of Mexico, the holiday Cinco De Mayo is very popular and has gotten labeled as Mexican Independence Day, however this is incorrect. The fifth of May actually marks the Mexican victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. September 16th is the day Mexico claimed its independence and began the war against Spain, also known as Mexican Independence Day.
2. Independence Day is a two-day celebration.
Mexicans participate in “El Grito de Dolores” every September 15 at 11 PM, and the following day they have celebrations much like the 4th of July in the United States with parades, food, and family parties. On the 16th of September schools, most workplaces, and federal buildings are closed.
3. The leader of the Mexican War of Independence was also a priest.
Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, also known as simply, Miguel Hidalgo, was the “Father of the Nation” and rallied his people during mass on the evening of September 15, 1810 in Dolores, Guanajuato, Mexico. His proclamation that night that all people should band together and fight against the Spanish government, became known as the infamous “El Grito” or Cry of Independence.
4. Each year El Grito is reenacted from the balcony of the National Palace by the current Mexican president.
He rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City then recites a cry of patriotism, ending with ¡Viva Mexico!, a phrase that Mexicans commonly use to express their love of country. Additionally, other reenactments occur all over the country by officials of towns and cities.
5. People all over the world celebrate Mexican Independence Day, not just people in Mexico.
Being one of the most important holidays of Mexico, anyone with Mexican roots decorates their house with the flag colors of red, green, and white at this time of the year. Cities with large Mexican populations such as Houston, Texas, and Los Angeles, California have their own Mexican Independence day parades and celebrations where “paisanos”, or fellow countrymen, can join each other in celebration of their country.
Have you ever celebrated Mexican Independence Day? In your home country or in Mexico?
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