The Mexican Independence Day
is a major holiday in Mexico, the celebration begins every September
15th at 11 pm in every single city and town in Mexico. In Mexico
City, the President, following the ritual, rings the historic liberty
bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then gives the
"El Grito" (The Cry). He shouts "Mexicanos, Viva
Mexico" and the crowd echos back, establishing the tradition
which has been solemnly followed every year thereafter. And
it is echoed by the governor of each state throughout the country.
The Cry may include other acclamations, such as the one included
by President Benito Juarez to honor all those who sacrificed to
make Mexico free: "Long live the Heroes of our Independence!".
No one really knows what Hidalgo actually told the people. Many
respected historians believe he said, "¡Viva the Virgin of
Guadalupe!" "Death to bad government.!" "Death
to the gachupines!" (Gachupines is a derisive term for Spaniards.)
Because the term "Mexico" at the time meant Mexico City,
Hidalgo probably did not say "¡Viva Mexico!
last "Viva México" is cried, the president waves the flag,
rings the bell, and the National Anthem is sung. The next day, there
is a civic ceremony, and a military parade. The actual day of September
16 is similar to Fourth of July in the United States. There are
rodeos, parades, bullfights and horseback rider performances. The
people feast and recall Hidalgo's speeches. There are statues in
memory of Father Hidalgo and people decorate them with flowers.
In cities with large Mexican communities outside of Mexico, the
Mexican Consul does the traditional "Grito". The show
usually features traditional Mexican dances, singers, a rock group
formed by Mexican students and of course, the "mariachis."
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