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While September 16th commemorates Mexican Independence from Spain, the party begins the night before on September 15th. At 11 p.m., Mexico’s President rings the National Palace bell and re-enacts Father Miguel Hidalgo’s “Grito de Dolores” or Cry of Dolores, which ends with three shouts of “Viva Mexico!” Father Miguel Hidalgo was a priest in the small town of Dolores who called to Mexicans to rise up and overthrow Spanish rule in 1810.
To honor the day, streets are filled with flags, flowers, lights, and spectators who gather for parades, rodeos, bullfights and fireworks. Like many Mexican fiestas, music plays a large role in celebrating the country’s freedom, and can be heard from everywhere as people dance and enjoy themselves.