This holiday celebrates the moment when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest known as Father Hidalgo, called for Mexico’s Independence from Spain with a moving speech in the Mexican town of Dolores in the early hours of the morning on September 15, 1810, and took up the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic image of the Virgin Mary as she appears to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican believer who was later sainted by the church.
It’s the anniversary of a historic moment that marks the beginning of a decade-long revolution, and an array of performances from fireworks to dance routines in Mexico.
El Grito de Dolores -the cry- is a special way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day that takes place every year on the night of September 15.
People gather in the Zocalos in Mexico City, town squares and plazas to participate in the patriotic tradition. In the National Palace, the president stands on the balcony and leads the crowd in the Grito, and governors and mayors do the same in cities throughout the country. The political leader says the first part and the crowd responds “¡Viva!” following each statement.
At the end of the third ¡Viva Mexico! the president rings the bell which represents the bell that Father Miguel Hidalgo rang when he called for the people to rise against the Spanish crown. The crowd goes wild waving flags, ringing noisemakers and spraying foam. Then fireworks light up the sky as the crowd cheers. Later the Mexican national anthem is sung.
We invite you to experience this ritual at first raw in this touching video and to delight the special menú we prepare to celebrate this historical event with us.
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