Red, white, and green - the official colors
of Mexican Independence Day.
any Mexican school child can tell you, Dia de la Independencia tells the moving story about how Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla helped lead the fight to end 300 years of brutal class prejudice.
His speech to the people of Mexico on September 16, 1810 marked the beginning of the decade-long fight for independence from Spain that finally resulted in victory for Mexico in 1821.
Today, Mexico's celebration of independence is officially marked on September 16th, but the festivities
usually begin the night before.
On Independence Eve, cries of "Viva Mexico!" can be heard shouted in town squares from Tijuana to Cancun as the skies are illuminated with spectacular fireworks displays in neighborhoods from coast to coast.
And, everywhere, the official colors of the day are red, white, and green - echoing the colors of the Mexican flag -- to express the patriotism people feel on this day.
Decorations and novelties go on sale all over Mexico
in preparation for Independence Day on September 16.
The following afternoon, on September 16, the grandest of all parades takes place in Mexico City and other major towns and cities when schools and most businesses close for the day so everyone can take part in the holiday festivities.
While Cinco de Mayo has come to define all Mexican celebrations in the US, it is on Mexican Independence Day when citizens (and Mexican communities worldwide) exhibit their swelling pride with dancing, music, local parades, and family fiestas.
Around the Web, go on a virtual tour of the history, modern observances, and lively and colorful party ideas for celebrating the ideals of freedom celebrated on Mexico Independence Day ....
Grito de Independencia - Inside Mexico gives a brief version of the history of Independence Day and then takes you on a virtual tour to experience the celebration repeated every year in every village and city of Mexico to mark September 16th. El Grito de Dolores - A balanced version of the story of Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and the events of September 16th, 1810 give a realistic, but still patriotic overview of the forces that brought about Independence from Spain.
Mexican Independence - Mexican Independence with a Texas twang...on this site of the sons of DeWitt Colony Texas. Most Americans don't realize that when Mexico fought for freedom from Spain, Texas was part of Mexico!