MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY - SEPTEMBER 16TH
In spite of what the world thinks, 5 De Mayo is not México´s greatest celebration. In fact, it is not a big holiday at all. Our biggest “Fiesta” is the Mexican Independence Day celebrated on September the 16th.
El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule.
In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators (Ignacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez etc.) rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty. This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.
This moment is the one it is reenacted in every main plaza in México´s cities and towns. On September 15th at 11:00pm, our President goes out at Palacio Nacional´s balcony (National Palace) rings the Independence bell and shouts out loud our traditional “VIVA MÉXICO”.
After our cry for Freedom, the party starts. Trumpets, noisemakers and whistles are everywhere, people dress in traditional Mexican costumes. Sombreros and Mariachi bands fill the streets with a festive mood.
Food is always a very important part of these festivities. Literally hundreds of stands are set up several days before and offer the traditional "Antojitos", most aptly described as a variety of finger foods, Mexican candies; such as “buñuelos, algodones de azucar” etc.
During September, Mes de la Patria, the month of our nation as it is called in Mexico, restaurants serve traditional Mexican dishes, such as Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada, Guacamole and chips.
As you should know, Mexicans know how to party!! Everywhere you go you can see the Mexican Flag waving, every street or house turns green, white and red! Tequila flows and music can be heard all night long.
If you are willing to know Mexico´s traditions, this is the time of the year that most of the Playa del Carmen Hotels make big celebrations, a great reason why you should visit us. What better place to party than Riviera Maya!