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The celebration of Independence in Mexico


The most awaited celebration for Mexicans around the globe is, without a doubt, Independence Day, celebrated frommidnight on the night of the 15th of September throughout the 16th, which is a national holiday.


Contrary to the idea that “Cinco de Mayo” (Fifth of May), is our Independence Day, it was on the night of the 15th of September of 1810 that creole Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered the “Cry of Dolores” or “Cry of Independence”, the event that marks the beginning of the Mexican war of Independence against Spain.


Hidalgo participated in a plot against the Spanish government and, when the plotters “conspiradores” were betrayed, he decided to act immediately, arming the people and encouraging them to revolt.
The siege of the city of Guanajuato, the first major engagement of the insurgency, occurred only four days later and Mexico’s Independence would not be effectively declared from Spain until September 28, 1821, after a decade of war.


Every year, on the night of September 15 just before midnight, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City, repeating a version of the Cry of Dolores, remembering the names of the most important heroes of Mexican independence. A similar ceremony takes place in all cities and towns in Mexico, as well as in our Embassies and Consulates around the world, where Mexicans living abroad get together to celebrate and cry out “Viva México!”


During the 63 years of diplomatic relations between India and Mexico, the celebration of the Independence of Mexico has become one of the most popular National Day celebrations, and every year it is the pleasure of the Mexican Ambassador to showcase this very important tradition to the Indian and diplomatic community in New Delhi.

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