Well tomorrow is officially Mexican Independence Day (Sept 16th). We have a lot of fun with this holiday in Mazatlan. From festivities to parades, our little city has it all. The parties and music begin tonight, with Mexico’s famous “Cry of Independence”, held every year in most mayor cities in Mexico where there is a Plaza or Municipality.
Extracted from Wikipedia,
“This event has since assumed an almost mythic status. Since the late 20th century, Hidalgo y Costilla’s “cry of independence” has become emblematic of Mexican independence. Each year on the night of September 15, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. He repeats a cry of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores” from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. This event draws up to half a million spectators. On the dawn of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade starts in the Zócalo, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City’s main boulevard.
A similar celebration occurs in cities and towns all over Mexico. The mayor (or governor, in the case of state capitals), rings a bell and gives the traditional words. In the 19th century, it became common practice for Mexican presidents in their final year in office to re-enact the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo, rather than in the National Palace. President Calderón is expected to officiate the Grito in Dolores Hidalgo as part of the bicentennial celebrations in 2010.
The following day, September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico and is considered a patriotic holiday, or fiesta patria (literally, holiday of the Fatherland).”
Today and tomorrow, we have Mexican Flags and fun Mexican colors decorating our tables at Salsa and Salsa. We will have fun pics to share later in the week. We’re really getting into the spirit of it all…and hope you will too! OLE! Enjoy the You Tube video which gave me chills when I saw it, HOW FUN!! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
VIVA MEXICO! VIVA!!
Being patriotic to Mexico means a lot to all the girls from Salsa and Salsa! Leonique and Maaike are from Holland, Pamela from Chile and Australia and Stephanie is born and raised in Mazatlan, so celebrating this holiday is a time of happiness!! We’re sharing the fun of this patriotic holiday with you and send you all happy vibes 🙂