Mexican Independence Day History and Background Secrets – Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” on September 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. Every year, Mexicans celebrate independence day on September 16 with festivals, parties, parades, feasts, and much more. Everyone gets ready on 15 September and waits with excitement to celebrate their independence. Mexican flags are everywhere in every corner of the country. It shows the love and care of the country.
Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. The decorations for everything is in the color of the flag – red, white, and green. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. You can hear one loud word which is “Viva Mexico” or “Viva Independenciancia” from everyone in Mexico. But what’s the history behind all of this??? Let me tell you…!!!
Mexican Independence Day History
Long before 1810, Mexicans had begun to excoriate under Spain rule. Spain kept their hold on Mexicans colonies and only allow them to limited trade opportunity and only appointing Spaniards to important colonial posts. In the north, the United States won its Independence years before and many Mexicans also felt they could too get independence. In 1808, Creole patriots saw their chance when Napoleon invaded Spain and imprisoned Ferdinand VII. This golden opportunity allowed Mexicans and South American rebels to prepare for battle and set up their government.
The Mexicans finally decided that it’s time for Independence and on September 16, 1810, a priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became the father of Mexican independence with a historic proclamation urging his Mexicans people to take up arms against the Spanish government. Father Hidalgo y Costilla along with his untrained Mexicans people initiated the revolution, but unfortunately, his initiative was unsuccessful and he was executed.
The death of Father Hidalgo y Costilla didn’t stop the war of Independence of Mexico. After his execution, another priest named Father Jose Maria Morelos forwarded the revolution of Mexican independence. When the priest holds the war, his revolutionary decision changed the entire chapter of the history of Mexico. After a long and bloody struggle of several long years, Mexico attained its historical moment of independence in the year 1821.
Known as the “Grito de Dolores,” Hidalgo’s declaration launched a decade-long struggle that ended 300 years of colonial rule, established an independent Mexico. Its anniversary is now celebrated as the country’s birthday. The 16 September is celebrated to remember the sacrifice of their soldiers lives for the independence of the country. Every year the statue of Father Hidalgo is decorated with flowers and his struggle is remembered by the citizens of the country.
Celebrating Mexican Independence
September 16 is the most important day in the history of Mexico but it is not the day of Mexican ultimate achievement. It is the day of the beginning of Mexico’s struggle for independence. The anniversary of the Grito de Dolores has been a day of celebration since the late 19th century. On 16 September, every citizen of Mexico prepares themselves for the celebration and parties. The holiday begins on the evening of 15 September and real celebration is done on 16 September. The typical activities like fireworks, parades, bullfights, rodeos and traditional dancing are carried out. Most of the Mexicans celebrate by hanging flags all over their house. People spend time with their family and relatives and do parties. A feast is usually involved. Most of the food is made in red, white and green color (like the Mexican Flag). Mexicans all over the world celebrate this day by doing parties. Everyone smiles and enjoys the day of Independence.
I wish every Mexican a very Happy Independence Day… Viva Mexico! Viva La Independencia! Long live Hidalgo! La Patria Es Primero!