Viva Mexico: Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) (Gallery)

by Kim Boateng Last updated on April 8th, 2018,

Mexico City, Mexico. September 16th:  Over 18000 soldiers marched in independence day parade in Mexico City today Saturday September 16th, along with 270 tanks and armored vehicles, 66 planes and helicopters. Mexicans celebrated their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music today, September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – were seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns were blown and confetti thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day.

Independence Day is a national public holiday in Mexico. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. Some streets and roads may be closed or restricted in major cities to make way for large celebrations. People intending on travelling via public transport in Mexico should check with public transit authorities on any timetable or route changes.

Mexico celebrates its Independence from Spain on the 16 of September. Most people in the United States celebrate the Cinco de Mayo or May 5, but that day is the Celebration of the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The 16th of September is similar to July 4th in the United States, it is not the date when Independence was finally won but when Independence was declared in Guadalajara in 1810 and the Revolution formally began, sort of.

The Independence movement in Mexico actually began in 1808 with an attempted overthrow of the Spanish Viceroy by Mexico’s elite Creoles, the upper class born in the Americas but of Spanish ancestry. When the coup attempt failed, Ignacio Allende a rebel leader met with Father Miguel Hidalgo the local priest in Guadalajara. On the night of September 16, he made an impassioned speech to his congregation of local citizens and peons outlining their grievances and a Plan for a new constitution. The night of the 16th is when the big celebration begins with the Grito de Independencia sometimes called the Grito de Dolores, or the Scream for Independence which ends with “Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico! Viva Mexico!” and the ringing of a liberty bell. The second part of that yell is “Abajo con el Gobierno Malo” or Down with Bad Government.

Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” on September 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. It follows from the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), on September 15.

Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.

There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (el Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

Meanwhile, hurricane season also roared toady, Saturday as Jose threatened heavy surf along the U.S. East Coast, Tropical Storm Norma edged toward Mexico’s resort-studded Baja California Peninsula, and Tropical Storm Maria formed in the Atlantic and was expected to strengthen into a hurricane, taking aim at some already-battered Caribbean islands.
Also, Tropical Storm Lee formed in the Atlantic far from land.

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