In 2010, 16 September Mexican people celebrate the Mexican Independence Day – the Bicentennial. It’s been 200 years since a priest called his followers to help give Mexico the freedom it deserves.
The war began in the early hours of September 16, 1810. That’s when father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic Priest, and his conspirators rang the bell of his church in Dolores, calling all the people from his village to fight for freedom. And this is how it started the 10-year-long war of Mexican Independence.
Father Hidalgo shouted to his followers: “My children: a new dispensation comes to us today. Will you receive it? Will you free yourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen by three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? We must act at once… Will you defend your religion and your rights as true patriots? Long live our Lady of Guadalupe! Death to bad government! Death to the gachupines!” And this is known today as “El Grito de Dolores.”
In all Mexico people are gathering in the main plaza of their city and start a fiesta and at the end of the day they shout the names of the brave men who started the riot and end the festivities with the el grito “Viva Mexico!”. This is El Dia De La Independencia for all Mexican people around the world!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Posted by news update at 11:32 PM