Mexican Independence Day: A Cultural Celebration
Mexico’s War for Independence from Spain lasted for over 11 years, but it was on September 16, 1810, when it all began with a historic battle cry.
As one of the country’s biggest holidays, Independence Day means massive street parades and plenty of traditional dishes. Phrases like “Viva México” or “Viva la Independencia” are heard among the crowds.
Fireworks and Folk Dancing are Included
Typically, Independence Day is celebrated with huge street parties, parades, fireworks, brass band and mariachi performances, as well as traditional folk dancing (bailes folclóricos).
Traditional Dishes are Essential Parts of the Celebration
Foods that are traditionally made for Mexican Independence Day include pozole, menudo (a beef stew that’s been referred to as a hangover cure) birria, tostadas, tamales and tacos, while tequila is the beverage of choice for those imbibing.
- Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16 by Mexicans and people of Mexican ancestry around the world.
- It falls on the same date every year, honoring the country’s fight for independence from Spain.
- It is sometimes confused with 5 de Mayo, a popular celebration in the United States that commemorates the Battle of Puebla.
- Mexican Independence Day celebrates the beginning of Mexico’s fight for national sovereignty.