How to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day – So finally Mexico Independence Day is coming and every citizen of Mexico is getting ready and waiting impatiently for this amazing day. Every year, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated on September 15 and 16 with full excitement, motivation, festival decorations, preparations, festival clothing, delicious traditional foods, and by displaying patriotic slogans everywhere. 16th September is the date when Mexico got freedom from Spain rulers. It is the day when Mexico is considered as a separate nation on the World Map. Every citizen of Mexico celebrates this day with full excitement and shows his/her love for the country in different ways. No matter you are in Mexico or in some other country, if you are Mexican then you must celebrate this day as this is the perfect time for you to show Mexican culture and national identity to the world. In this article, we will tell you the best and most popular Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day
1. Listen to Mariachi Music:
Mariachi is a musical expression that will take you back to the 18th century in Western Mexico. It was originated in the state of Jalisco but is now considered the quintessential Mexican music. Mariachi Music can be defined by eight socio-musical elements which include: musical genres and subgenres, mariachi instrumentation and texture, performance methods and styles, singing styles and forms, dance styles, performance clothing, performative space, and the word “mariachi“. It is usually made up of 5 people group wearing “charro“ suits. To enjoy this festival best, a live mariachi group performance is best.
2. Wear Traditional Dresses:
On this special occasion, you will see different people wearing different dresses. Some wear typical Mexican dress and in some areas, you will see people wearing swathes of green, white and red. From face to flags, decoration to color-coordinated toddlers, you will see that everyone is wearing national colors dress on Mexican Independence Day.
3. Learn About the Mexican Flag:
The very first flag after the fight was established in 1821. It is the year when Mexico gained Independence. The flag contains the national colors, white, red, and green in diagonal stripes. The colors have remained the same, but their placement and the crest in the center of the flag has changed over time. It is said that each color represents the different meanings; the color green represents hope, white is for unity, and red is for the blood of the national heroes. The crest in the center panel is Mexico’s coat of arms and portrays an eagle with a snake in its beak standing on a cactus.
4. Bell Ringing in the Zócalo:
The Zócalo is the best place for Mexico citizens to ring in Mexican Independence Day on the night of September 15th. It is the biggest historical plaza that is filled on 15th September night with people and it is the site of numerous Independence Day traditions. Here people ring the bells and show the honor for the country. Now President takes the responsibility to ring the bell in that plaza when the plaza gets full of people. President carries out this task at around 11 pm on the night of the 15th.
5. Eat a Chile en Nogada:
Why to eat Chile en Nogada??? Let me tell you the history of this dish. According to the legends, after the Mexican Independence Day, the first dish which was prepared by nuns in the city of Puebla was ‘Chile en Nogada‘. The nuns served the dish to Agustin de Iturbide on his Saints’ day (August 28) shortly after the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba which granted Mexico its independence. This dish contains the colors of the Mexican flag which makes its an Independence Day Dish or Food.
6. Learn & Sing the National Anthem:
The best way to express your love and emotions for your country is by learning and singing the Himno Nacional Mexicano (Mexican National Anthem). The lyrics of this song were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra in 1853; the music by Jaime Nunó was added later, in 1854. The lyrics tell the victory of the leaders and freedom fighters of Mexico in the battle against Spain. Come on, everybody now: “Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra….“
7. Shout “Viva Mexico”:
Mexico’s War of Independence was initiated by Father Miguel Hidalgo who called out to the people to rise up against Spain in 1810. This event is known as El Grito De Dolores. On September 15 at 11 pm “El Grito“ is said loudly throughout Mexico. If you are not in Mexico, even then you must stop at 11 pm on 15 September and shout “¡Viva Mexico!” at the top of your lungs.
So these are the best 7 ways to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. I hope you like all of the above ways and will definitely try them all on 15th and16th September 2018. I wish every Mexican citizen Happy Independence Day…!!! 🙂