Mexico's grito de independencia, or call of independence, is celebrated on September 15th and 16th. As Mexican culture is widely spreading around the world, its independence celebrations have become considerably popular. Mexico is a country rich in color and culture, and so are its celebrations. Some of the highlights of this celebration are fireworks, folkloric dancing, mariachi music, and of course, Mexican food.
The Mexican fiesta starts the morning of September 15th, when the food preparation takes place. Traditionally, an assortment of Mexican food is prepared, including tacos, tamales, mole, and a great variety of treats. The most popular dish is Pozole, which is a sort of soup made with corn, beans, pork, and red chili peppers. Chips, salsa and guacamole are the main appetizers. Sweets must also be present. Popular sweets are the buñuelos, which are deep-fried tortillas soaked in home made cinnamon-sugar syrup. The beverage for this festivity is the Mexican ponche, a drink made of seasonal fruits such as guayabas, apples, pears, and sugarcane.
For a Mexican theme, decoration is essential. The home can be decorated with sombreros and Mexican flags, as well as Mexican rugs and blankets. Mariachi music is also a must for a Mexican atmosphere.
In the evening, family and friends gather to share food and drinks. It is a tradition that every guest brings different food or drink items to the party. A bottle of Tequila or Mezcal are perfect complements.
At midnight is when traditionally the President of Mexico rings the very same bell that was rung in 1810 when Mexican independence was declared. It is now when everybody calls the now popular Viva Mexico (Long live Mexico). Immediately after, everyone goes outside to light and enjoy a colorful burst of fireworks and firecrackers. The real fiesta starts after midnight with Mexican treats, Mexican music, shots of tequila, and margaritas.
But the celebrations continue all day long on September 16th. In major cities there is usually a parade featuring a great variety of Mexican traditions such as mariachi bands, Mexican dancers, and representation of Mexican revolutionaries. Men dressed as charros, women outfitted as china poblanas, and other native dresses are also part of the parade. The whole family can enjoy live mariachi music and the traditional folkloric dances of Mexico.
Mexican Independence Day is a big celebration not only in Mexico, but also everywhere in the world where Mexican culture is present. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn about Mexican culture.