Thinking of coming to Los Cabos, Mexico in September? Here are 8 facts you need to know about Mexican Independence Day.
- MEXICO’S INDEPENDENCE DAY IS SEPTEMBER 16th NOT MAY 5th
Some people mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo, or May 5th, is Mexico’s Independence day. Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the unlikely Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
- IT IS A TWO-DAY CELEBRATION
The evening of September 15th is when local mayors and politicians reenact El Grito de Dolores (the cry of Dolores). The biggest celebration is In Mexico City at the National Palace. The President of Mexico rings a bell and also reenacts El Grito.The crowd roars and fireworks light up the sky. On September 16th every city and town all over Mexico celebrates with parades, dances, and festivals similar to how July 4th is celebrated in the United States.
- MEXICO WAS SEEKING INDEPENDENCE AFTER BEING ENSLAVED FOR 300 YEARS
In the early 1500s, Spain took control of Mexico. For the next 300 years, the Mexican people were forced to labor in mines and on farms for the Spaniards.
- THE MAN WHO LED THE MEXICAN WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE WAS A PRIEST
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was commonly known as Father Hidalgo. He took to the pulpit in the town of Dolores and made the shocking announcement that he was taking up arms against the dictatorship of the Spanish government. This famous speech became known as El Grito de Dolores or the Cry of Dolores. Within hours Hidalgo had rallied a huge army.
- OCTOBER 2nd WAS THE ORIGINAL DATE OF THE REVOLT
Father Hidalgo moved the date up to September 16, 1810 because the Spanish government got wind of what was going on and started killing off revolutionaries.
- FATHER HIDALGO WAS CAPTURED AND KILLED IN 1811
Father Hidalgo was captured and killed within the first year of the revolution. The war continued for the next 11 years ending in a victory for the Mexicans.
- MEXICO WINS THEIR INDEPENDENCE IN 1821
The Declaration of Independence for the Mexican Empire was finally declared on September 28, 1821. The first presidential election was held two years later.
- MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY IS THE MOST PATRIOTIC OF MEXICO’S HOLIDAYS.
From the beginning of the month of September, Mexico’s streets and buildings are adorned with an explosion of green, white, and red. Streets, houses, and cars are decorated in national colors. Men and women dress in traditional outfits. Charros (traditional horsemen outfits) for men and China Poblanas (big colorful dresses) for women.
Now that you have all the knowledge you need about Mexico’s Independence Day – come celebrate with us in Cabo! Contact ThompsonEvent.com today and let us help you make all the arrangements.
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