On Friday September 15th, Mexico begins the celebration of its independence with parades, music and fireworks.
No, it isn’t Cinco de Mayo (that’s May 5, literally), though some Americans get the holidays confused. (Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.)
Mexico’s Independence Day commemorates Sept. 16, 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged Mexicans to rise up against the Spanish-born ruling class.
In Mexico, brass bands fill the streets and governors re-enact “El Grito,” or the famous cry for freedom in major government palaces. People set towers of braided willow and palm stalks on fire, exploding fireworks, firecrackers and sparklers loaded inside. And, of course, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a spread of great food.