“El 16 de septiembre de 1810, nació nuestra Independencia, gloriosos 810…” Mexican song
Everything started in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810 in the town of Dolores, with the “Grito” (yell) made by Father Miguel Hidalgo along with the ringing of Dolores’ church bell, calling the people to raise arms against the government of Spain. You can see the original bell today at the Palacio Nacional in México City.
The battle lasted for 11 long years. Many personalities were involved including José María Morelos, the “Corregidores”, Vicente Guerrero, and more. One of the most important moments was when Agustín de Iturbide, who was fighting for Spain, changed sides and supported Vicente Guerrero. Afterwards they signed the “Plan de Iguala”, and with that the declaration of independence of México from Spain was proclaimed.
The fighting ended on September 27, 1821 with the entrance of the “Trigarante” Army to México City, headed by Vicente Guerrero and Agustín de Iturbide, who were supported by creoles, mestizos, clergy, and natives.
This is why on the night of every September 15 we celebrate in every town, city, and capital of the country the beginning of our independence. The president, governors and mayors recreate the cry of Hidalgo: “Vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria… ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!” At that moment everyone present, Mexican or foreigner, gets goosebumps, when they hear the church bells and the fireworks. An experience you should not miss!
You can enjoy it in every main plaza or “zócalo” of the country. If you are in Mérida go to the Plaza Grande: the yell is at 11 pm, but you need to arrive a few hours beforehand if you want to find a good place to stand. You will be thrilled to see so many Mexican flags in the same place, people with patriotic colors painted on their faces and tricolor wigs, bugles, and live music for dancing all night long.
If you prefer not to be surrounded by crowds, many restaurants and hotels of the city have special events with dinner and live music for an amazing and patriotic night. On this day you need to become Mexican, and celebrate with a good tequila!
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