At 11 pm on September 15 El Grito de la Independencia (The Cry of Independence) will be heard around the country. The grito, or shout, is called out as a reenactment of Father Hidalgo’s historic cry in the town of Dolores. Government officials call out the names of the heroes of the war, which are repeated by the throngs of citizens in this most celebrated holiday in México. The grito culminates with shouts of “Viva México!” and usually a fireworks display. Every city and town has its own way of celebrating the event that marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, and everyone gets ready to celebrate beginning early in the month.
In preparation for this blog post I asked several blogger friends if they’d care to share a few pictures from the celebrations in their cities so that I could show you pictures from around the country as well as from my Mazatlán. You’ll notice some similarities, and some differences between our communities, I’m sure. These ladies write wonderful blogs which I hope you’ll check out, but right now I’d like you to introduce them to you:
- Linda Adams from Álamos, Sonora – Good2Go2Mexico
- Rebecca Smith Hurd from Puebla, Puebla – All About Puebla
- Leslie Harris de Limon from Yahualica, Jalisco – Motherhood in Mexico and Recipes by Leslie
- Billie Mercer from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato – BillieBlog
I’d like to show you some pictures of some things that are similar between all the different communities:
It is obvious by now that there are a lot of flags being sold around the country!
Let’s take a look at how different places decorate their municipal buildings:
Each community is a little different in how they celebrate.Here are some unique Dia de la Independencia traditions around the country: