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    The Grito in Dolores Hidalgo. Photo courtesy Billie Mercer


    At 11 pm on September 15 El Grito de la Independencia (The Cry of Independence) will be heard around the country. The grito, or shout, is called out as a reenactment of Father Hidalgo’s historic cry in the town of Dolores.  Government officials call out the names of the heroes of the war, which are repeated by the throngs of citizens in this most celebrated holiday in México. The grito culminates with shouts of “Viva México!” and usually a fireworks display. Every city and town has its own way of celebrating the event that marks the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, and everyone gets ready to celebrate beginning early in the month.

    In preparation for this blog post I asked several blogger friends if they’d care to share a few pictures from the celebrations in their cities so that I could show you pictures from around the country as well as from my Mazatlán.  You’ll notice some similarities, and some differences between our communities, I’m sure. These ladies write wonderful blogs which I hope you’ll check out, but right now I’d like you to introduce them to you:

    I’d like to show you some pictures of some things that are similar between all the different communities:

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    alamos independence day

    Photo courtesy Linda Adams


    cholula ind-day

    Photo courtesy Rebecca Smith Hurd

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    mazatlan independence day

    Flags, Hats & Dusters

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    puebla independence day

    Photo courtesy Rebecca Smith Hurd

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    sanmiguelflags

    Photo courtesy Billie Mercer

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    yahualica patriotic souvenir vendor

    Photo courtesy Leslie Harris de Limon

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    It is obvious by now that there are a lot of flags being sold around the country! 

    Let’s take a look at how different places decorate their municipal buildings:

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    mazatlan independence day

    The grito will be shouted from the balcony. Thousands will be in attendance.

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    alamos independence day

    Photo courtesy Linda Adams

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    yahualica presidencia

    Photo courtesy Leslie Harris de Limon

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    yahualica independence day

    Photo courtesy Leslie Harris de Limon

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    puebla zocalo 2010

    Photo courtesy Rebecca Smith Hurd

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    Each community is a little different in how they celebrate.  Here are some unique Dia de la Independencia traditions around the country:

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    Father Hidalgo rides in San Miguel de Allende. Photo courtesy Billie Mercer

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    puebla fireworks zocalo

    Fireworks in the Puebla Zocalo - Photo courtesy Rebecca Smith Hurd

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    mazatlan independence day

    Municipal Leaders watching the 2008 Mazatlan Independence Day Parade

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    san miguel jardin

    Banner in the jardin in San Miguel de Allende - Photo courtesy Billie Mercer

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    alamos independence day

    Paper flags decorate downtown Alamos. Photo courtesy Linda Adams

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    dolores hidalgo grito

    Dolores Hidalgo waiting for the grito. Photo courtesy Billie Mercer

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    alamos fireworks y lamp posts

    These lamps are put all around the edges of the buildings on the square - Photo courtesy Linda Adams

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    The lamps are visible just above the edge of the building. Photo courtesy Linda Adams

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    san miguel jardin twilight

    San Miguel de Allende's jardin at twilight - Photo courtesy Billie Mercer

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    I hope you have enjoyed taking a tour around México on Independence Day with me.  Now, all together, let’s shout “Viva México!”, “Viva México!”, “Viva México!”

    This is a Blog Hop post – fellow Mexico Today bloggers and I are all writing about Mexico’s Independence Day.   I hope you’ll click on some of the badges below to visit their blogs.


    Disclosure:  The above blog post will also be shared with Mexico Today. I am being compensated for my work in creating content as a Contributor for the México Today Program.  I was also invited to an all-expenses paid trip to Oaxaca as part of my role and for the launch of the program.  All stories, opinions and passion for all things México shared in my blog are completely my own.



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