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Celebrate Puerto Vallarta Mexican Independence Day Sep 15-16

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The Fiestas Patrias in Puerto Vallarta are an unbeatable opportunity to enjoy exquisite Mexican cuisine, get caught up in the emotion of Mariachi music, and taste Tequila and other spirits while shouting “Viva México!”

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With live music, dancing and typical antojitos, the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) in Downtown Puerto Vallarta is transformed into a popular family celebration for Mexican Independence Day.

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The traditional “Grito de Independencia”, at around midnight on September 15, makes way for a vibrant fireworks display from Los Arcos del Malecon. “El Grito” (or Dolores Cry) is a tribute to the battle cry that launched a rebellion in 1810 that led to the end of the Spanish colonial rule in Mexico.

The next day, don’t miss the Independence Day Parade. It features school contingents, the fire department, charros and skirmishes along Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon.

Because Mexican Independence Day festivities last two days, on both the 15 and 16 of September in Mexico you will find one of the country’s loudest and proudest celebrations of its history and culture

Mexican Independence Day has been celebrated every year since that momentous day on September 16, 1810. To promote education among Hispanic students many organizations and companies have established scholarships for Hispanic students, as another way of supporting Mexican independence.

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Mexico’s Independence Day marks the beginning of a decade-long revolution

On September 16, Mexicans around the globe will celebrate the anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain. The day is marked by a national holiday in Mexico, a reenactment of a historic moment from the revolution’s leader, and an array of performances from fireworks to dance routines.

Often confused with Cinco de Mayo by people living in the United States, Mexico’s independence day actually marks the moment in 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest known as Father Hidalgo, made the first cry for independence. After a moving speech in the Mexican town of Dolores, Hidalgo took up the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic image of the Virgin Mary as she appears to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican believer who was later sainted by the church.

“Independence commemorates the beginning [of the struggle],” says Elena Albarrán, associate professor of history and global and intercultural studies at Miami University in Ohio. “In this case, you celebrate the moment of insurgency, the possibility, and the hope.”
A decade-long struggle

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As Hidalgo took up the banner of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, many people were inspired to follow him. Albarrán says they amassed a large, unruly, hodgepodge army that included women, children, grandparents, and livestock. Untrained and difficult to control, it was eventually defeated, with many of its members going back home to harvest their fields.

Hidalgo was defrocked as a priest by the Spanish Inquisition, says William Beezley, professor of history at the University of Arizona. He was later beheaded by the civil government as punishment for revolting, and his head was displayed in Guanajuato, where he and his army were charged with causing a massacre.

Another priest, José María Morelos, took up the mantle of revolution, sending home anyone from the first army without a weapon and horse. Beezley says this tighter version of the army was more effective, but Morelos was also eventually taken before the Inquisition and beheaded—and the struggle for independence sunk into a period of chaos as Mexico continued to fight a weakening Spanish rule.

“As a result, September 15, the president of Mexico will step out on the balcony, ring that same bell, and give a speech that is supposedly Hidalgo’s words,” he says. “Nobody wrote down what Hidalgo said. He was beheaded, so who knows what happened to the [real] version of it? But Mexicans across the country, and in the U.S., and wherever they are, can watch it on TV, and that’s what’s celebrated.”

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