National Independence day

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A view from principal street and Cathedral.

For all Mexicans September 16th. is a very important day to celebrate, because this is the time when it took place the beggining of the Independence movement. So then just before midnight on September 15, in 1810 a catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo and several more educated people realising their independence movement plot had been discovered ordered the church bells to be rung as a sign to let it know the people to be gathered in front of his church this event happened in a little town called Dolores in Guanajuato state so this way the independence movement between Mexican people and Spanish conquerors started  that day and lasted more than 10 years, finishing in 1821.

Downtown in September.

Therefore, each year on the night of September 15 the president of México re enacts this event by ringing the bells of National Palace in México city and repeats a sequence of phrases based upon a patriotic inspiration text called  "Grito de Dolores" this way he shows up from the principal balcony of the Government Palace addressing  the crowd in the principal square or plaza, saying the names of the principal independence heroes and finishing with the phrase Viva México! three times after this, he looks to the crowd and waves the National flag.  

So then the fireworks and a popular public Mexican party begins. At the same time this event is happening in each corner, city or town all over the country.

Another view of the downtown.
Then there are Mexican parties everywhere with typical food and music so the restaurants, pubs are filled with lot of people celebrating this day and even in lot of homes people celebrate by their own.

Next day in September 16 or Independence day the national military parade starts in the zócalo (principal public plaza) and a similar celebration occurs in the whole country.

Next year in 2010 is expected to celebrate the bicentennial celebrations so  indeed there will be a very important festivitiy around the whole country.  

Finally last September 16, 2010  it came the day for celebrating our 200 hundred national independence day and lot celebrations took place around the whole country as well.

The national flags in the windows balconies.
 In México city where I had the chance to be around those days there was a big public party that started in the afternoon on the 15th. with a beautiful parade which was offered along one of the principal and most simbolic avenues  in the city "Reforma Avenue"  the parade showed through different representations a travel about Mexican history  through time since Prehispanic time until what Mexico is today.

In the night there was also some points along the avenue with some singers and groups playing and in the zocalo a big sound and light performance which finished that day with a popular party,and fireworks in the principal square after the president did the traditional rite and rang the bell saying "Viva México" several times.  Next day in the morning took place the traditional militar parade that ended with the official celebrations from the bicentenary.

bluejeansdaddy says:
This is a good lesson for me. Now I know. Viva Mexico!
Posted on: Sep 13, 2014
bluejeansdaddy says:
This is a good lesson for me. Now I know. Viva Mexico!
Posted on: Sep 13, 2014
sarahsan says:
Wish I could take part in the 2010 celebration! When I lived in Mexico I remember watching the TV series "La antorcha encendida".
Posted on: May 02, 2010
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A view from principal street and C…
A view from principal street and …
Downtown in September.
Downtown in September.
Another view of the downtown.
Another view of the downtown.
The national flags in the windows …
The national flags in the windows…
Walking around one of the principa…
Walking around one of the princip…
The Cathedral.
The Cathedral.
Government palace lovely decorated…
Government palace lovely decorate…
Children wearing traditional cloth…
Children wearing traditional clot…
Looking the special decoration in …
Looking the special decoration in…
Independence Angel Mexico city, Se…
Independence Angel Mexico city, S…
Reforma Av. Mexico city ready for …
Reforma Av. Mexico city ready for…
Preparing for parade in Mexico cit…
Preparing for parade in Mexico ci…
Celebrating 200 hundred years of i…
Celebrating 200 hundred years of …
Representing the world.
Representing the world.
Spain.
Spain.
Different continents.
Different continents.
American continent.
American continent.
European continent.
European continent.
Mexican parade float.
Mexican parade float.
Flowers as a part of decoration.
Flowers as a part of decoration.
Red shoes.
Red shoes.
Deaths head.
Death's head.
Another one.
Another one.
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