Here at Zocalo we celebrate history and tradition.
One of the most important historic events in our culture is Mexican Independence Day. As well as celebrating with food and traditional dancers we celebrate by remembering our history.
On the morning of September 16, 1810, the priest of the small town of Dolores Mexico declared himself in open revolt against Spanish rule from the pulpit of his church. His name was Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and this act launched the Mexican War of Independence. He urged his followers to take up arms and join him in his fight against the injustices of the Spanish colonial system and in only a few moments he had an army of 600 men. This action became known as the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores” and today Mexicans celebrate September 16th as their national day of independence.
Every year around 11PM on night of the 15th thousands of people gather at the Zócalo, or main square of Mexico City to hear the President ring the same bell that Hidalgo did and recite the Grito de Dolores. After, he rings the bell again and waves the mexican flag, followed by the playing and mass singing of the Mexican National Anthem. The crowd cheers and chants “Long Live Mexico” and fireworks light up the sky. The next day every city and town in Mexico celebrates with parades, dances and festivals.