Colombo, 16 September 2022 (TDI): Mexico is celebrating its 212th Independence day today on September 16. On this occasion, Mexico has received celebrations from different countries including Sri Lanka.

History of Independence day

Mexico, formerly known as New Spain, was a colony that the Spanish kingdom governed for more than 300 years. Only Spaniards were permitted to occupy political positions, and the native population was subjected to oppression.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, also known as Father Hidalgo, a Catholic priest in the town of Dolores, issued the first call for independence in 1810, which is when Mexico celebrates its independence day.

In a speech now known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), he demanded the end of Spanish authority on September 16, 1810, by ringing the bell of his church.

The violent Mexican War of Independence, which lasted for more than ten years, was thus launched. Spain departed and formally recognized Mexico’s independence on August 24, 1821. Father Costilla is known as the Father of Mexican Independence.

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Mexican independence day is sometimes confused with Cinco de Mayo, a popular celebration in the United States, which commemorates the Battle of Puebla.

How Independence day is celebrated?

Mexicans and those of Mexican origin worldwide commemorate Mexican Independence Day on September 16.

Independence Day is one of the major national holidays. Street parades along with the making of traditional foods and rodeos take place all over the country.

Businesses and schools close in the country to celebrate Independence day. People in the street sing phrases like “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la Independencia Nacional.”

Large-scale street celebrations, parades, fireworks, rodeos, brass bands, mariachi concerts, and traditional folk dance in the streets are all part of Mexico’s celebration of its independence. A military procession travels to the Hidalgo Memorial in Mexico City.