September 16 marks the anniversary of independence for Los Estados Unidos de México. Every year, celebrations begin on the night of September 15, when hundreds of thousands gather in the Zócalo at the Plaza de la Constitución for the President’s Grito. The Grito is followed by the singing of the national anthem and fireworks.
Last year, I posted an explanation of the history behind the 1810 Grito, it’s originator, Padre Hidalgo y Costilla and the story of Mexican independence. I just updated the post to include the story of Leona Vicario, a heroine of the Mexican battle for independence. I love discovering the contributions of inspiring women to our world’s history.
One important facet of commemorating the Grito, is for the sitting President to call out the names of some of those who fought for independence. Listen to this short clip from last night’s Grito, delivered by current President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)
If you listen carefully to AMLO’s Grito you will hear mention of Hidalgo and Leona Vicario, amongst the other heroes of Mexican independence. He also pays tribute to the indigenous and the unknown heroes. Last night’s live coverage of the event included several wonderfully informative historical videos telling the tales of some of these courageous men and women. Here is a 38 minute video of the culmination of last night’s festivities: Mexican Independence 2019.
Featured Image: El Grito de Dolores uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, from the town of Dolores on September 16, 1810. This event sparked Mexico’s War of Independence. Banderas News
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