September 16th – The Mexican Independence Day
Almost more than a century ago, Mexico was under the Spanish rule. The Mexican people had to face oppression and inhumane treatment for more than centuries. Then, the people decided to gain freedom from a tyrannical rule via a revolution in point of views and actions. As soon as this revolution was sought-after, the Spaniards found out about it and were keen to crush any sign of mutiny they would lay their eyes on.
However, the Mexican people did not want to postpone their plan – and instead, they launched this revolution ahead of time. The conspiracy started back in the early 1800’s and was lead by some of the most famous personalities in the history, such as Father Miguel Hidalgo – a parish priest. One day, Hidalgo found out that the Spaniards were on their way to get him, when he asked most of the members of the parish to join him – and delivered the famous address called ‘El Grito De Dolores’, or commonly known as the ‘Cry of Dolores’.
After he gave the speech, he was ready for battle with a poorly equipped army. The priest and his army, assisted by Ignacio Allende, marched off to Mexico City, laying siege to the town of Guanajuato; on their way. The army fought the well-equipped, yet less talented army of the Spaniards in the Battle of Mote De Las Cruces and then marched towards the gate of the city. However, they retreated maybe because of fear of a larger Spanish army on its way to reinforce the city. After a while, Hidalgo and Allende were defeated by a much smaller army of the Spaniards, were caught and executed. However, the ission was shouldered by a series of successors and Mexico gained freedom on 16th September, 1821.
Celebrations in the 21st Century:
The question is – how do the Mexican people celebrate the El Grito in today’s time and age? The answer is; food stalls, parades, parties, festivals, parties and on top of everything else, bell-ringing. Classic cocktails, beef recipes, dishes made out of hand-picked pork and exotic margaritas are what cover most part of this globally recognized event. For Mexican-Independence themed parties, a list of non-alcoholic drinks are there, which can be enjoyed by people of any age and gender.
The bell-ringing is also one of the oldest and tradition-oriented scenarios the Mexican people go through on every Independence Days. This marks the historical speech given by Hidalgo, and the start of mutiny which helped the Mexican people win independence from the Spaniards. The streets light up, and the beauty of this day is cherished by each Mexican living across the face of the earth.
September 16th – The Mexican Independence Day is one of the most celebrated Independence Day by any country, in the history of the world. From the streets being decorated with the most exotic food stalls, décor and street shows, the Mexican people aim towards remembering the efforts made by their ancestors, in gaining freedom for this picturesque and tradition-oriented land.