Mexican Independence Day


El Día de Independencia (Independence Day) is another one of the major festivals celebrated in Mexico.  “Independence Day” is actually a misnomer as the celebration is stretched out between two days, the 15th and 16th of September.  These holidays are also known as the Fiestas Patrias.  (See the History section for more details on Mexican Independence).

At 11:00 PM on the night of September 15th, Mexicans gather in the main plazas of their communities to hear the Grito de Independencia (Shout of Independence), originally delivered by Father Hidalgo in the year 1810.  In that year, Father Hidalgo gathered a group of his fellow conspirators and gave the original Grito in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato.  This event marked the beginning of the War of Independence against Spanish rule, which ended 10 years later.

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