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Mexico is a country of traditions and possibly the most famous are the national holidays, because they are about celebrating the pride of being part of a nation rich in culture, history and gastronomy, all the elements that come together in this commemorative event.
What stands out most about this celebration is the Cry of Independence, a moment where we remember the characters who marked the history of Mexico, who fought to turn this country into a free nation.
The Mexican holiday reaches all states, no one wants to be left out of a celebration full of the green, white and red of our flag, in which the flavors of the most representative dishes of the national cuisine are also mixed.
Without a doubt, September is the most Mexican month, because it commemorates one of the historical episodes that marked the course of the country, allowing it to become the independent Republic that it currently is.
September 15: Independence Day
The fight for the Independence of Mexico began on September 15, 1810, when the magistrate Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez informed Ignacio Allende that the Spanish government, which at that time had control in the country, had the order to arrest him. and other insurgents.
Although he knew that he had an arrest warrant against him, Allende went to Dolores, Guanajuato, where the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla decided to take up arms, in the early morning of September 16, warning everyone by ringing a bell. , located at the top of a church in this town.
Juan Aldama and Mariano Abasolo are other characters who fought alongside Miguel Hidalgo for the freedom of the country, on a night where Mexicans had the purpose of ending almost 300 years of Spanish domination over the national territory.
This was only the beginning of a fight that lasted for 11 years, when finally on September 27, 1821, Agustín de Iturbide assumed the position of emperor, thus ending Spanish domination.
The Mexican holiday serves to remember this very important episode in history, which began on September 16, although currently “el Grito” is commemorated on the 15th of each year, after former president Antonio López de Santa Anna established it that way. “to avoid the fatigue of waking up early to celebrate the event,” according to the newspaper Unión Guanajuato.
However, it was during the presidency of Guadalupe Victoria (1824-1829) that Wenceslao Sánchez de la Barquera proposed the celebration, each year, of the anniversary where the insurgents began the uprising against the Spanish crown.
Finally, it was in 1845 when Santa Anna officially established the “Grito de Dolores” ceremony, to remember the heroes who fought to turn Mexico into an independent country.
Since then, “el Grito” takes place, without fail, every September 15 at exactly 11:00 at night throughout Mexico, so it is common for families to meet in a house, although it is also a good idea to go out and celebrate in the places that are specially prepared for that night.
We become your hosts on these national holidays
At Stanza we like to be part of the folklore that characterizes the month of September, that is why we welcome all travelers who arrive in Mexico City with the interest of participating in the excitement that is experienced in different areas of the capital.
We are in the Roma neighborhood, an area that for a few days has been soaked in folklore and its different establishments flood the streets with patriotic colors, making it the ideal setting to come to rest and relax after the celebration.
Stanza has been considered by guests as one of the best hotels in Rome-Condesa, that is a sign of the quality that distinguishes our services, which is why we are a good option for travelers who want to stay near the festivities for the national holidays.
CDMX, the best place to shout the Cry of Independence
As we mentioned at the beginning, the fight to end Spanish rule began on September 15, 1810 in Guanajuato, a state considered precisely as the cradle of Independence, where the celebrations cannot be missed.
Another point in the country where the commemoration takes place, without fail, every year, is Mexico City, a capital that even receives foreign tourists who travel to our country to witness a celebration that reaches the hearts of all Mexicans.
The city is made up of 16 mayors, who on the night of September 15 fill their esplanades with flags, lights and confetti to receive a large number of capital residents, who arrive loaded with their flags and traditional costumes to give “the Scream.”
Although it is true that the mayor's offices receive many visitors, the capital's tradition is to go to the Zócalo, the most famous site in Mexico City, where the archaeological remains of ancient civilizations and the mark that the colonizers left in historical buildings remain.
The Zócalo is the best place for national holidays
During the first days of September, the buildings surrounding the Zócalo are prepared to place the traditional patriotic decoration, which consists of lighting arrangements in the shape of bells and flags, for which around 23 thousand LED lights are needed.
Without a doubt, it is impressive to see the Historic Center full of lights, since this decoration has already become a tradition that frames the celebration in the Plaza de la Constitución, led by the president in turn.
We can locate the antecedents of this act in the Constitution of Apatzingán (1814), where José María Morelos y Pavón declared September 16 as a national holiday.
The first official celebration that took place in Mexico City was in 1825, although it was threatened days before by a measles epidemic that did not prevent the inhabitants of the capital from gathering to remember the most important event in Mexican history.
That first “Grito” ceremony was held in Alameda Central, years later it was moved to the Zócalo, where it continues to be carried out, without fail, year after year. The only time it was interrupted was in 1847, because the Americans invaded the country.
Since 1883 this commemorative event has been held in the National Palace, while in 1896, Porfirio Díaz requested that the Dolores bell be moved from Guanajuato to Mexico City, so that he could ring it while the thousands of Mexicans gathered in the Zócalo, They will accompany the already known ¡Viva México!
Enjoy the amazing military parade on September 16
Without a doubt, talking about Independence is taking a journey through many years of history, which are marked by specific episodes that allow us, today, to celebrate the national holidays with great pride.
One of the moments around this celebration that most excites Mexicans is the military parade that takes place every September 16 in the capital's Zócalo, bringing together thousands of spectators.
This tradition began in 1896, after President Porfirio Díaz ordered the army to make a military parade in front of the bell that arrived from Dolores, Hidalgo. The population liked this act and asked that it be replicated the following year, turning it into a capital custom.
From 1914 to 1916 the parade was canceled because the Revolution was taking place in those years, but it was resumed in 1917. In 1930 it was decided to include military aircraft and since then, this tradition has not been interrupted.
The Independence celebrations have an important context, they have gone through some changes to commemorate them as we do today, so each state puts its personal stamp on it.
A great celebration takes place in Mexico City, in the heart of the capital, so no one wants to miss it. So that you are not left out either, we recommend staying near the Historic Center and feeling up close the folklore of a country proud of its traditions.
Our hotel is located in the heart of the Roma neighborhood, only 14 minutes from the Zócalo, so you can go and admire the decoration and celebrate, because your rest will be ready in Stanza, where we will receive you with the best attention.
You can enjoy the best gastronomy during the national holidays
One of the symbols that cannot be missing from a Mexican party is gastronomy, since the cuisine of this country is so rich and varied that it is recognized throughout the world as one of our most appreciated heritages.
Traditional flavors will be present in all the celebrations that take place in the capital, both in the Zócalo and on the esplanades of the mayor's offices, so you can try different typical snacks.
Each state of the Republic has its most characteristic recipes, which is why the culinary proposal of the national holidays is made up of flavors from different corners of the country, so that you are not left craving anything.
It is one of the most famous dishes from the center of the country, with recipes from Jalisco and Guerrero, pozole is considered “a masterpiece” of national gastronomy. Enjoy it served with oregano, lettuce, radishes and toast, a ritual to savor this delicacy.
It is a snack that, it is believed, was born in Mexico City, although it is very popular in the central region of the country; Tradition states that it should be prepared with a telera, which is filled with potatoes, chorizo and decorated with cream, lettuce and cheese.
Tostadas and more:
A respected Mexican celebration is full of tostadas, such as the traditional tinga, as well as other snacks and of course, typical drinks such as tequila, a symbol of national folklore.
No celebration could be complete without garnachas, so as part of the feast, tacos, quesadillas and sopes are also served, among other delicacies that are part of the gastronomic taste of any Mexican.
Come and enjoy the national holidays in CDMX!
Feel the pride of being Mexican and with your family, live a magical night full of flavors, fun and lots of dancing, go to the Zócalo and after shouting for Mexico, have a comfortable night at Stanza.
The Mexican holiday is the most anticipated celebration of every year, we are excited to be able to share it with you, making you at all times feel comfortable and proud of belonging to a country that knows how to celebrate and does it very well.