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Grito de Dolores, The Cry of Dolares September 15


September 15 – Grito de Dolores, The Cry of Dolares

Mexico’s War of Independence officially began on September 15, 1810, when the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang a bell and cried out to the townspeople to take up arms and rise up against the Spanish Crown, an event which is known as el grito de Dolores (the cry of Dolores), named after the town in Guanajuato where it took place. In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators – Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez- rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight.

Dia de la independencia, Independence Day September 16

The image of Miguel Hidalgo appears on the Mexican One Thousand Peso bill. The Father of the Independence of 1810. Photo: BigStockPhoto.com/natspel

September 16  – Mexico Independence Day  –  Día de la Independencia.

Commemorates the start of the Independence War by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810.
México Independence Day is a Statutory holiday and is observed nationwide. Employees are entitled to a day off with regular pay and schools (public and private) are closed.


Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. "Viva Mexico" or "Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day.


Mexico Independence Day Lights at Night

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