With most of the traditional Independence Day celebrations around the country cancelled due to the global pandemic, let’s take this time to remember the event that changed our history forever.
The Grito de Dolores (better known as El Grito, the Cry for independence) celebrated every year on the night between September 15th and 16th is a Mexican holiday par excellence, it is the night when all citizens of Mexico celebrate their independence from the Spanish conquerers.
Since the arrival of Hernán Cortés in 1521 and the conquest of the area, what is now Mexico was called New Spain.
Influenced by the concepts established by French philosophers like Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu and USA’s War of Independence, the Criollos (Spanish descendants born in America) who were treated as second-class subjects, decided to start an uprising.
At 5:00 am on September 16, 1810, the Priest Miguel Hidalgo, accompanied by several other co-conspirators, Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefina Ortiz de Domínguez, rang the bells of his small church in the town now called Dolores Hidalgo, calling everyone to fight for freedom, which is known as “El Grito de Dolores” (the announcement, or cry, of Dolores). One of the crucial moments in Mexican history.
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