The Independence Day in Mexico is celebrated
every year on 16th of September as the
anniversary of the start of Father Hidalgo's
revolt. Every year the celebration begins on
15th of September, at 11 pm in Mexico.
On 16th September, 1810, the priest Father
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a revolt
against Spanish rule. On this day he rang
the church bell to gather the people of
Mexico to rise up against the Spanish rule.
This event is known as the Grito de Dolores.
Mexico finally claimed its independence from
Spain in 1821.
On the 15th September, at 11 pm the
President of Mexico comes to the central
balcony of Palacio Nacional(the National
Palace), rings the bell (the same bell
Hidalgo rang on 16th Sept, 1810) and cries
to the crowd gathered in the huge city
square and the crowd enthusiastically
respond "ˇViva!". This city square is
decorated with flags, flowers and lights of
red, white, and green. These are the three
main colors of the Mexican flag. The green
is on the left side of the flag and
symbolizes independence. White is in the
middle of the flag and symbolizes religion.
The red is on the right side of the flag and
symbolizes union. The celebrations continue
on the 16th with ceremonies like parades,
air shows, fireworks, musical concerts,
bullfights and horseback rider performances.
All Mexicans are entitled to Independence
Day off work except some emergency service
workers. Mexicans proudly fly their tricolor
Flag, recall Hidalgo's speeches, sing
patriotic songs and enjoy the day with their
friends and families.