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Mexican Independence Day 2023: Date, History, Facts about Maxico

The finest place to be on September 16, Mexican Independence Day, is Mexico. This celebration of Mexico’s 1810 declaration of independence from Spain is characterised by national pride, colourful parades, mariachi concerts, and an abundance of Sabrosa cuisine.

People of Mexican descent all over the world commemorate this momentous occasion in their nation’s history, when a courageous priest in the village of Dolores sounded the church bell and delivered a stirring speech that sparked the War of Independence against Spain. Even the President of Mexico participates by clanging the bell — which is now more than 200 years old — live on television the evening before the celebration.

The background of Mexican Independence Day

Mexico, formerly known as New Spain, was a Spanish colony for more than three hundred years. Natives were oppressed, farmland and personal wealth were confiscated, and only Spaniards were permitted to occupy political office. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic friar in the town of Dolores, had had enough of the oppression.

On September 16, 1810, he rung the church bell and demanded the end of Spanish rule in a speech now known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores). This began the bloody Mexican Independence War, which lasted over a decade. On August 24, 1821, Spain withdrew from Mexico and formally recognised the country’s independence. Currently, Father Hidalgo is regarded as the Father of Mexican Independence. Since that auspicious day on September 16, 1810, Mexican Day has been celebrated annually. As an additional means of supporting Mexican independence, numerous organisations and corporations have established scholarships for Hispanic students in order to encourage their education.

Over the course of more than 200 years, Mexican Independence Day has evolved into a massive national holiday. The country’s leaders were inspired by our July 4 Independence Day celebrations, so there are pyrotechnics at night and patriotic speeches, flag-waving, parades, live music, and home-cooked meals during the day. Red, white, and green, the colours of the Mexican flag, are ubiquitous throughout Mexico and even in U.S. cities with significant Mexican populations.

In front of 500,000 people, the President of Mexico rings the 200-year-old bell that Father Hidalgo used in 1810 and recites the Grito de Dolores speech. This is one of the most prominent events associated with Mexican Independence Day. This ceremony is broadcast live to millions of Mexicans via television and radio on September 15 evening.

Many individuals from outside Mexico believe that Mexican Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo are identical. In 1862, during the Battle of Puebla, the outnumbered Mexican army vanquished the powerful French militia despite being outnumbered.

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chilies En Nogada (poblano chilies stuffed with flavorful meat) incorporates the three colours of the Mexican flag: green (fresh parsley), white (walnut cream sauce), and red (pomegranate seeds).

Beans are a staple in Mexican cuisine, so purchase some fresh pinto or black beans and prepare Frijoles de la Olla (beans in a pot), which is essentially a pot of simmered beans combined with onion, garlic, and sour cream.

Offer something unique, such as a traditional Mexican ponche (fruit drink) comprised of sugarcane, oranges, pears, guavas, raisins, and apples spiced with cinnamon and clove.

Queso is the Spanish word for cheese, and Queso Fundido is a traditional Mexican fondue of melted white cheese simmered with lime juice, spicy sauce, and garlic.

Menudo, a rich, hearty stew consisting of stew beef, hominy (corn kernels), and tripe (cow stomach lining) cooked with onion, garlic, lime and cilantro, is regarded as a traditional hangover curative for those who consume too many cervezas on September 16.


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