Mexican Independence Day
Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. For all the Mexicans in your life, whether they live in Mexico or abroad, this is a time to celebrate, party, and be proud of their country. Known as Grito de Dolores, this special day commemorates a day in history that brought Mexico to the position it’s in now—a sovereign country.
The border between Mexico and the United States or, in some cases, the territories that would become the USA, has been hotly contested. In Dolores, Mexico, Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo pronounced the Declaration of Independence, which essentially started the Mexican War of Independence. This was the above-mentioned grito, roughly translated to “shout.”
Since 1825, that day has been celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Some muddle up the Cinco de Mayo with this occasion, but the two celebrations are quite different. One is a celebration of independence, the other of Mexican life and culture.
At the time of the revolution, Spain was in charge of Mexico. Hidalgo, a Roman Catholic Priest, arranged for church bells to be rung to signal the first fighting. On the night of September 15th, the President still rings the bells in the National Palace in Mexico City. He repeats the Grito to a crowd of thousands in the plaza.
Elsewhere in Mexico, similar events are reenacted, so that the whole nation is bound together for a short while. The national anthem is sung, and on the 16th, a national holiday, there are parades, special events, marching bands and special programs of music and history.
If you know someone who lives in history, sending them flowers on Mexican Independence Day can help bring you and them closer together. This day is a big one in the Mexican calendar. DaFlores has a wide variety of bouquets that are perfect for table centerpieces or just to make someone smile when you’re apart.