Although, this annual celebration is coloured by parades, festivals, feasts and parties, here are some interesting facts about Mexican Independence Day that you probably didn’t know…
16th September does not mark the day Mexico got their independence but the day they launched the war against Spain. The war was declared in 1810 but it was until 1821 that Mexico was declared independent.
The rebel leader Miguel Hidalgo was a priest but was also believed to have fathered children during his time including two daughters.
“Grito de Dolores”
The famous Grito de Dolores or simply ‘Cry of Dolores’ is enacted every year in Mexico to mark the independence day celebration where the president rings the same bell that was rang in 1810 by the rebel leader Hidalgo before reciting the cry of Dolore to thousands of people who congregate at the National Palace in Mexico City.
Mexican Independence Day is a world-wide celebration with people around the world joining in merry making activities. US cities with large Mexican populations like Houston or Los Angeles, expatriate Mexicans also hold parties and celebrations. Back home, we have shared with you great offers available at Zapata Mexican restaurant where you get to enjoy Mexican cuisine at 20% discount.
The Mexicans take creativity to a whole new level during the Independence Day celebrations by making their national flag themed Mexican cuisine. The meals come in a mixture of green, red and white which are their official colours. We have also given you a list of easy treats you can make at home here