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WHEN IS MEXICO'S INDEPENDENCE DAY?

Mexico’s independence began on September 16, 1810, as a result of a political and social revolution that triggered the Independence War. In the early morning of September 16, around 2:00 am, the priest Miguel Hidalgo ordered to ring the bells in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato. This was a call to arms against the Spanish Empire, at that time under French control. However, this wanted independence was not achieved until September 27, 1921, 11 years later. When the Trigarante Army entered to Mexico City.

The tradition is to celebrate on the night of September 15 at 11:00 p.m., when the President of the Republic gives the “Grito de Independencia” from the National Palace, rings the bell of Dolores and waves the flag.  This act is repeated at the different levels of government by the heads of the Executive Branch. 

Afterwards, the attendees sing the National Anthem, and then give way to music and fireworks. Many Mexicans wear traditional costumes, and/or imitate the colors of the flag on their clothes and faces. The morning of the following day, a military parade is held in commemoration of the Mexican Independence Day.

PATRIOT FOOD 

A very important part of that day in Mexico is the food. During the celebration do not miss the opportunity to eat typical Mexican dishes, especially Pozole, prepared in red, green and white as a tribute to the Mexican flag. It is also customary to eat chiles en nogada, tinga toasts or pambazos. However, each region has a typical dish, for example in the north they celebrate with grilled meat; in the center of the country with barbecue, tamales or mole; on the coasts with grilled fish, and in the south with panuchos, chipilin soup or cazon bread.

This year 2021 is also the Bicentennial of Independence, because  it will be 200 years since the signing of the Independence Act. For this reason a special parade will be held in Mexico City, but the public will not be able to access it, and will have to follow it from their screens due to COVID’19. 

In the municipalities of Solidaridad, Tulum and Cozumel there will be limited seating and restrictions.

And so, you have already decided how you are going to celebrate it?

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