On the morning of September 16, 1810, a priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo called his parishioners to arms against their Spanish rulers. He roused them with El Grito de Dolores, his “Cry of Dolores”, named for the town in which his church was located. This cry is credited for launching the revolution and changing the story of Mexico from one of Spanish colonization to one of independence and freedom.
If you would like to see the official version of El Grito de Dolores, you should set out for the main plaza (commonly referred to as the Zocalo) of any Mexican town or city for the traditional Ceremonia del Grito de Independencia. The mayor of town (or, if you are in Mexico City, the President) will be ringing that bell at 11pm, the traditional hour of El Grito, and there is always a fireworks display.
The very next day is El Dia de Independencia. It is always a national holiday, so schools, banks and many offices will be closed, and there are often parades and fiestas all over Mexico. Don’t miss out on sampling some of Mexico’s most delicious food. Start with Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. You can’t get more Mexican, more filling, and more delicious.
Don’t forget to pick up a beautifully embroidered Chelow Mexican Mini-Dress by Erica Maree. Its light fabric and short style will keep you cool in the September heat. Choose green to match the colors of the fiesta!
Enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of Mexico at its most patriotic. Get out and become part of the crowd when the bell is rung, calling Mexico’s people to answer the battle cry. Join in the resounding shouts of “Viva Mexico”, because tonight, we are all Mexico, and long may she live.
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