When it comes to celebrations, we Mexicans, go all the way. Instead of having only a Mexico Day, we decided to extend it to a full month. Reason is very simple: we have a number of civic celebrations happening during the 9th month. Hence the name of Mes de la Patria (Motherland Month).
Independence Day (16th September) is the most important day in the civic calendar, equivalent to Australia Day or Canada Day.
In the dawn of 16th September 1810, a priest, Miguel Hidalgo, gathered a small number of people in Dolores (Guanajuato) to fight the Spanish government. His goal was not yet independence as such. It was just a fight against what they considered bad government. However, that small number of people grew and a civil revolt was initiated.
It actually took 21 years to end this Independence War. In 27th September, the Three-Warranties Army finally conquered Mexico City ending 300 years of Spanish dominion.
The country however was invaded a number of times afterwards. On of those many was in 1847 when the American Army entered Mexico and stayed for over one year. Mexican children, to this day, are taught about the “Niños Heroes,” the young cadets who defended the Castillo de Chapultepec, the 19th-century castle in Mexico City, one even wrapping himself in the Mexican flag and jumped to his death rather than be captured by the invading yanks. Whether or not this tale is true, it also happened in September, on the 13th.
Miguel Hidalgo urged the people to join his battle against the Spanish government tolling the bells of his parish in Dolores (Guanajuato). He shouted his ideals ending with a “Viva México!” Dolores is now named Dolores Hidalgo and is known as the Cradle of Independence, just like Philadelphia is to the USA.
Hidalgo’s re-enactement can be seen and felt all across the country. The mayor of every town will stand in the balcony of the City Hall (or the main gate) ready to toll the bells. Along this he/she shouts the names of Mexico’s Independence heroes (Hidalgo, Morelos, Allende, Abasolo, Corregidora, etc) while waving a pristine Mexican flag. People gathered in the main square will answer with “¡viva!” for every name heard. Confetti and Mexican flags are all over the place.
It is one of those festivals around the world you might not want to miss it.
Tour Mexico in September.
For these reasons, September is a great time to visit the country. Many public buildings are decorated with Mexican motifs and you see flags waving all over the country. In the central plateau, where most Independence war battles were held, many towns become a vibrant site to feel mexicanhood.
Dolores Hidalgo is especially recommended because it is where El Grito was first cried. San Miguel de Allende, a lovely city in Central Mexico is also a great place to enjoy this month. The city centre is entirely colonial so makes you feel you are working in colonial Mexico days before Independence started. Puebla, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosí and every other colonial city and town in Mexico are awesome for his month. Here a good list of restaurants to enjoy the celebrations (in Spanish, though).
If you are planning a trip to Mexico in September, consider our ColonialTour that spends time in beautiful locations to feel the Mexican month.
So, if you are planning a trip to Mexico in September, consider our ColonialTour that spends time in beautiful locations to feel the Mexican month.0