16 September, 2012

Viva Mexico! Viva!

El Grito

The Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") also known as El Grito de la Independencia ("Cry of Independence"), was uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato on September 16, 1810. It is the event that marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. The "grito" was the pronunciamiento of the Mexican War of Independence by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest. Since October 1825, the anniversary of the event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

Long live the heroes that gave us the Fatherland!
Long live Hidalgo!
Long live Morelos!
Long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez!
Long live Allende!
Long live Galena and the Bravos!
Long live Aldama and Matamoros!
Long live National Independence!
Long Live Mexico! 
Long Live Mexico! 
Long Live Mexico!

We had an incredible time participating in the activities of El Grito.  I have attached a video for you of the President of Mexico giving El Grito in Mexico City.  

The festivities began at last night 8pm with Ballet Folklorico in the Jardin.  I love all the beautiful colors of the dresses and the energy of the dancers.  They did a fantastic job with many "costume" changes.  They never let their smiles fade from their faces. (for more pictures and videos click the link above)

While we waited for 11pm for the Mayor to give the Grito they had a light show on the face of the Paroquia. We grabbed a tasty snack at one of the street carts.  Yum!

They played music and everyone danced in the streets of the Plaza.  Even the Cholos were skipping about with Flags.  The energy was high and everyone was very excited.

After the Mayor finished her last cry of Viva Mexico!  The fireworks exploded from the center of the Jardin, from the Paroquia, there were Castillos of fireworks and all the bells on the Church were clanging. Everyone in the Plaza was singing the National Anthem and many had tears in their eyes.  The pride of the people was illuminated by the explosions of fireworks and the tolls of the bells.  It was a spectacular site.

On Independence Day we begin our day with a parade from all the schools and military bands through the main streets of San Miguel.  At night there will be a reenactment of the insurrection.  Followed by more dancers in the Jardin. And even more Fireworks!!! I love that we live in the Cradle of the Independence.  Patriotism runs very high.  I never remember the 4th of July being this exciting! Or half as fun!!!

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