Mexican Independence Day 2013 Celebration 15 & 16 September

Mexican Independence Day 2013 Celebration

How Independence Day is celebrated in Mexico

 

Mexican Independence Day 2013 is a major celebration in Mexico and it is bigger than Cinco de Mayo. People of Mexico celebrated with a fiesta also called party. The celebrating of Mexican Independence Day begins on September 15 which is called as the eve of Independence Day where crowds of people of Mexico gather in the zocalos (town meeting place) of cities, towns, and villages. In Mexico City a huge square, the statues in memory of Father Hidalgo are decorated is decorated with flags, flowers and lights of red, white, and green as it is the color of Mexico’s Flag. The Mexican Flag is made up of green, white, and red. The green is on the left side of the flag and symbolizes independence. White is the color in the middle of the flag and symbolizes religion. The red is on the right side of the flag and symbolizes union. These colors are used often in decorating for the Mexican Independence Day fiesta. There are rodeos, parades, bullfights, horseback rider performances and grand feasts and the Mexico’s Independence day celebration 2013 starts.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration

Mexican Independence Day celebration traditions 

People sell confetti, whistles, horns, paper-machete helmets, and toys in the colors of red, white and green. There is the joyful environment all over the Mexico for Independence day celebration. On the 15th, at 11 pm the President of the Republic goes out onto the central balcony of the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), rings the bell. When the clock strikes eleven o’clock the crowd gets silent. On the last strike of eleven the president of Mexico came out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic liberty bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people of Mexico during its war against France. Then the president gives the Grito de Delores and greet the people “Viva Mexico” “Viva la independencia” and the crowd shout back) and cries to the people gathered in the square below, who enthusiastically respond “¡Viva!”

Mexican Independence day celebration 15 & 16 sept 2013

How to celebrate Mexican Independence day 2013

Flags wave from practically every house and building throughout Mexico. Lighted decorations are set up in every city, the most spectacular being those of the Zócalo, main plaza, in Mexico City.  This main plaza of every town and city is the place where the great 16 De Septiembre celebrations take place. Food is always a very important part of these festivities. Literarily hundreds of stands are set up several days before and offer the traditional antojitos, most aptly described as a variety of finger foods, Mexican candies, and punch. Restaurants in Mexico serve traditional Mexican dishes, such as Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada, Guacamole and chips.

Grito de Dolores 15th and 16th September 2013 Celebration

 

In evening, the plaza gradually fills with more and more people. Excitement and euphoria reach a crescendo at the culminating moment when a government official arrives in the zócalo, at 11:00 P.M. to give the grito or cry of Independence of Mexico .  This ritual recreates the moment in which Father Hidalgo, gathered his followers in Dolores Guanajuato. The Mexican Independence Day ceremony reaches the high point when the crowd joins in proudly shouting out the names of the heroes of our Independence, to end with the exciting VIVA MÉXICO! When the grito ceremony ends, the sky lights up with multicolored rockets which doubles the joy of celebration of Mexican Independence day.

Grito de Dolores celebration

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