Mexico City, 16 September 2023 (TDI): The United Mexican States, or Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16 every year. Its Independence Day is often called El Grito meaning the shout. Spanish is the official language of Mexico.

Mexico was known as New Spain in the past. It experienced over three centuries of severe Spanish colonial domination.

In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest based in Dolores, initiated the Mexican War of Independence through his renowned Grito de Dolores speech, calling for an end to Spanish authority.

The struggle for independence lasted over a decade, and on 24 August 1821, Spain acknowledged Mexico as an independent nation.

Miguel Hidalgo is now esteemed as the pioneer of Mexican Independence. From September 16, 1810, Mexican Independence Day has been an annual celebration.

Another holiday, Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexican Independence Day. It commemorates Mexico’s victory over a stronger French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

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The Green color in the flag represents independence, the white color signifies the Roman Catholic faith, and the red color symbolizes unity, representing the “Three Guarantees” of Iguala.

Furthermore, the Mexican national anthem, used since 1854, was officially recognized in 1943 and established by the 1984 Law on the National Symbols.

The anthem’s verses were created by Francisco González Bocanegra and its music by Jaime Nunó Roca.

During the Independence Day celebrations, buildings are decorated with flags, fireworks light up the sky, and celebrations are in full swing.

Festivities include traditional Mexican music, delicious food, and drinks like beer, tequila, fruit punch, and sangria. Shouts of “Viva Mexico!” echo throughout the day and night.

Food offerings include stews like pozole and menudo, as well as queso fundido (Mexican cheese fondue) with chips, salsa, and guacamole, are preferred during Independence Day festivities.

International Congratulations on Mexico Independence Day:

Foreign states extended their warm wishes and congratulations to the Mexican people. The government of Pakistan shared its best wishes for the Mexican government.

Similarly, the US Secretary of State, Antony John Blinken, in a statement conveyed that both states shared history, people, and culture which can contribute to their mutual success and growth.

As we commemorate the 200th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the United States and Mexico, we reflect upon the significant and exceptional bond that exists between us as neighboring nations, close friends, and steadfast partners.

Moreover, he conveyed the US’s best wishes to the people of Mexico on Mexico’s Independence Day.