The annual celebration of Mexico’s Independence day will go virtual this year in Tijuana, says Mayor Arturo Gonzales, as per the Border Report.
Mexico celebrates its Independence Day with festivities and parades.
Every year, Mexico’s president rings the bell of Dolores to commemorate the Grito of its forefathers by shouting “Viva Mexico”!
Moreover, city mayors also reenact this event in their local plazas, said the Border Report.
The tradition has been around for more than two centuries.
However, celebrations will be different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, people are restricted to gather in large groups as it increases COVID-19 cases.
Before, people gather in a plaza to hear and join the event while having fun drinking and eating.
“There will be the traditional yell,” Mayor Gonzales said.
However, to ensure there are necessary measures to protect people’s health, the event will be done virtually.
Moreover, there will be a small gathering of people in the city hall to celebrate the event.
Mexico’s Independence Day
Mexicans all over the world celebrate their country’s Independence Day every September 16th with fireworks and fiestas.
There are also parades and the streets are decorated flowers, flags, and the colors of red, white, and green, the color of the Mexican flag.
There are also shouts of Viva Mexico! and Viva la Independencia! during this day.
On September 16, 1810, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the father of Mexico’s Independence rang the church bell of Dolores and made a speech calling for a revolution against Spain.
The speech, now known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) started Mexico’s War of Independence.
The war lasted for a decade.
Hidalgo, who is also a priest was captured and executed in 1811.
In September 1821, after years of fighting, Spain finally surrendered and officially recognized Mexico as an independent state.