Mexicans took to the streets this week to celebrate 203 years of independence from Spain. Fiestas for El Grito de Independencia kicked off on Tuesday and spilled over the next two days. Never let it be said that Mexicans don’t know how to throw a party. The official celebration begins the night of September 15th when Mexico’s president delivers the grito from the National Palace, first ringing of a church bell in front of a sea of onlookers.
Here’s a quick history lesson to bring you up to speed: It began on September 16, 1810 at about 6:00 am in the small town of Dolores near Guanajuato. A priest and pro-independence rebel by the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo, accompanied by a few friends, forced the town sheriff to release 80 co-conspirators from jail. Hidalgo quickly headed to his church and rang the church bell to call his congregation – the same bell still used at the National on Palace celebrations. There’s no record of exactly what he said, but it must have been one helluva sermon – imploring his countrymen to revolt against the tyranny of Spain. It took another decade for Mexico to win its freedom, but that cry for independence is still celebrated by Mexicans around the world. See the official ceremony for yourself:
Hasta la próxima!