Mexico Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day
Mexico Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day is an important event on the Mexican calendar and is celebrated celebrated on September 16 with parades, music, festivals, feasts and fireworks.

Weekday Date Year
Sun Sep 16 2018
Mon Sep 16 2019
Wed Sep 16 2020
Thu Sep 16 2021
Fri Sep 16 2022

Viva Mexico! Viva La Independencia! Long live Hidalgo! La Patria Es Primero!

What is it?

  • September 16 marks a special occasion in Mexican history. On that day in 1810, the war that led to the independence of Mexico began.
  • A Roman Catholic priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in a small town of Dolores gathered a congregation and uttered the battle cry “Cry of Dolores” or “Grito de Dolores”. The battle cry raised the morale of Mexicans to seek freedom from the Spanish rule.
  • The event commenced the Mexican War of Independence as the uprising began. Since October 1825, the anniversary of this event commemorates Mexican Independence Day.
  • The the first engagement of the insurgency, Siege of Guanajuato, occurred four days later. The nation was effectively declared free from the Spain rule after a decade of revolution on September 28, 1821.
  • Nowadays, the patriotic and cultural celebration begin the night before September 16 and carry on to the next day.
  • Every year, on September 15, the Zócalo (main square) in Mexico City is adorned with flags, flowers, and lights of Mexican flag colors (green, white, and red). People buy confetti, whistles, papier-mâché helmets, and flag-colored toys. Street vendors sell authentic Mexican foods.
  • Around 11 pm the celebrations pause briefly as the Mexican president rings the historical bell that Father Hidalgo rang in 1810 before addressing the nation.
  • The next day is full fiesta time as parades, fireworks, bullfights, and rodeos take place with all sorts of revelry.

How it’s celebrated in Mexico

  • The Independence Day of Mexico is the biggest national holiday of the nation.
  • This historical day with a revolutionary importance holds great importance to the people.
  • On the eve of Mexico Independence Day that is on 15th of September, the entire nation is decorated with vibrant colors mainly with the colors of the Mexican Flag.
  • The Mexico Independence Day Celebrations are very similar to the celebrations of America’s Independence Day, which is on 4th of July.
  • On 15th of September, President of Mexico addresses the whole nation by saying “Mexicans! que Viva Mexico”, which means “Mexicans! Long Live Mexico!” It is then echoed by the entire nation.
  • After that the National Anthem is sung. The President rings the same liberty bell that was used by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla for calling the people and to motivate them to revolt against the colonial Spanish rule.
  • The statue of Father Hidalgo is decorated with lots of flowers. This day is also utilized by the President to salute the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation
  • The celebrations of 16th of September begin with a grand civic ceremony. People actively participate in all the events that are organized for Independence Day.
  • The military parade gives a start to the Independence Day celebrations. The parade is followed by grand feast and other food festivals.
  • Foods are regarded as an important part of the celebrations of 16th September as it is believed that foods are representative of Independence.
  • Innumerable activities are organized especially for the kids. Firework displays decorate the sky making it more beautiful and offering magnificent views.
  • People enthusiastically wave flags in every corner of the nation and spray foams that add more charm to the mood and spirit of the Independence Day celebrations.
  • It is said that the biggest 16th of September celebration takes place in the Mexico City. Streets, buildings and each and every corner of the city are decorated with flowers and colors.
  • The main plaza of Mexico City that is Zocalo offers some spectacular views of the celebrations. In fact, one of the biggest fiestas is organized at Mexico City and people from all across the country and of all ages come to be a part of this grand event.

National Anthem of Mexico

Mexican Independence Day
National Anthem of Mexico

Mexicanos, al grito de guerra
El acero aprestad y
el bridón;
y retiemble en sus centros la tierra
Al sonoro rugir del cañón

Ciña oh patria!
tus sienes
de oliva
De la Paz el arcángel divino,
Que en el cielo tu eterno destino
Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.
Más si osare un extraño enemigo

Profanar con su planta tu suelo,
Piensa, oh patria querida ,que el cielo
Un soldado en cada hijo te dio.

Guerra, guerra sin tregua al que intente
De la patria manchar los blasones!
Guerra, guerra! Los patrios pendones
En las olas de sangre empapad.

Guerra, guerra! En el monte, en el valle
Los cañones horrísonos truenen

Y los ecos sonoros resuenen
Con las voces de

Antes, patria,
que inermes tus hijos
Bajo el yugo su cuello dobleguen,

Tus campiñas con sangre se rieguen,
Sobre sangre se estampe su pie.

Y tus templos, palacios y torres
Se derrumben con hórrido estruendo,
Y sus ruinas existan diciendo:
De mil héroes
la patria aquí fue.
Patria! patria!
Tus hijos te juran
Exhalar en tus aras su aliento,
Si el clarín con su bélico acento
Los convoca
a lidiar con valor.
Para ti las guirnaldas de oliva!
Un recuerdo para ellos de gloria!
Un laurel para ti de victoria!
Un sepulcro para ellos de honor!

English Version:-
Mexicans, at the cry of battle
prepare your swords and bridle;
and let the earth tremble at its center
at the roar of the cannon.

Oh fatherland
Your forehead shall be girded with olive garlands,
by the divine archangel of peace
For in heaven your eternal destiny
has been written by the hand of God.

But should a foreign enemy dale to
profane your land with his sole,
Think, beloved fatherland, that heaven
gave you a soldier
in each son.

War, war without truce against who would attempt
to blemish the honor of the fatherland!
War, war! The patriotic banners
drench in waves
of blood.

War, war! On the mount, in the valley
The terrifying thunder of the cannon

And the echoes nobly
resound to the cries of

Fatherland, before your children

Become unarmed
Beneath the yoke their necks in sway,
And your countryside be watered with blood,
On blood their
feet trample.

And may your temples, palaces and towers
crumble in horrid
and ruins remain
The fatherland was made of one thousand heroes.

Fatherland, fatherland, your children swear
to exhale their breath in your cause,
If the bugle in its belligerent tone
should call upon them to struggle with bravery.

For you the olive garlands!
For them a memory of glory!
For you a laurel of victory!
For them a tomb of honor!

Mexico Independence Day History

The history of Mexico Independence Day
Mexico Independence Day History
  • The history of Mexico Independence Day tells about how Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest, revolted and initiated the war of Independence of Mexico.
  • The 16th September history also depicts some important portions of the rich history, sacrifices of the brave soldiers of Mexico and ultimately how the country reached its independence after a long struggle.
  • In the 1500 century, Spanish conquistadors claimed their rule over Mexico, they ousted the local rulers of the country and imprisoned many of the country’s citizens and looted their treasures.
  • It was more than 300 years that Mexico was a part or more specifically was under the Spain’s empire.
  • On 16th of September, 1810 Father Hidalgo rang the liberty church bell to call the people. They all gathered in one place and Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla motivated them to revolt against the colonial rule.
  • Father Hidalgo along with his untrained followers actually initiated the revolution, but unfortunately his initiative was unsuccessful and he was executed.
  • But the execution of Father Hidalgo didn’t stop the war of Independence of Mexico.
  • After his execution, another priest named Father Jose Maria Morelos forwarded the revolution of Mexican independence.
  • The revolutionary decision of catholic priest of Father Hidalgo changed the entire chapter of history of Mexico. After a long and bloody struggle of several long years, Mexico attained its historical moment of independence in the year 1821.
  • The remarkable day of September 16th is celebrated by remembering the soldiers of the country who contributed their lives for the independence of the country.
  • The statue of Father Hidalgo is decorated with flowers and his struggle is remembered by the citizens of the country.

Mexico Independence Day Food Recipes
Spiced Roasted Lamb or ‘Birria de Borrego’

Mexican Food Recipes
Mexico Independence Day Food Recipes


  • Lamb,
  • chilies,
  • dried chilies,
  • black pepper,
  • water, minced garlic,
  • ground oregano,
  • bay leaves,
  • ground cinnamon,
  • wine or vinegar,
  • tortillas and vegetable oil.


  • Firstly in an oven cook the lamb with some water.
  • After that, add cinnamon, minced garlic, oregano, vinegar and bay leaves to it.
  • Boil it and then leave it in simmer for around 2 hours.
  • Then mix chilies to the lamb and cook it until it becomes tender.
  • Serve it with hot tortillas and a delicious Independence Day special food is ready!

Mexican Special Cheese Fondue or ‘Queso Fundido’

Queso Fundido
Mexican Special Cheese Fondue


  • White cheese,
  • minced garlic,
  • cloves, lime juice,
  • pepper sauce (hot) and special Mexican hot sauce.


  • It is one of the easiest Mexican dishes and it takes around 20 minutes to prepare this dish.
  • Firstly cut the white cheese into small chunks.
  • Then take a pan and slowly melt the cheese in a medium heat.
  • Continue stirring by using a wooden spoon.
  • The moment it is completely melted, add all the other ingredients like the lime juice, garlic, pepper hot sauce and Mexican hot sauce to it.
  • Cook it for some more minutes and your delicious Cheese Fondue is ready to be served.

The traditional Chiles En Nogada recipe:

Mexican food
The traditional Chiles En Nogada


  • 6 large green chilies, for stuffing
  • 1 pomegranate, seeds separated
  • 1/2 lb ground pork or beef
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 of an onion, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, softened in warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted almonds, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Roast the chilies and get rid of their skins and seeds.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan. Apply medium heat only.
  • Add the beef or pork into the saucepan and continue heating till it turns brown.
  • Add onions, nutmeg, and almonds into the saucepan.
  • Put garlic and cinnamon into the pan.
  • Also, add the apple pieces, salt, pepper, and cumin.
  • Cook the above mixture for 5 minutes.
  • Beat the egg whites to form stiff peaks with the help of a whisk.
  • Fold the egg yolks and add a pinch of salt.
  • Dip the chilies into the above mixture of eggs.
  • Fry the above mixture till it turns golden brown.
  • Stuff the chilies with equal amounts of the mixture.
  • Mix the sour cream, sugar, and walnuts.
  • Add the mixture into the evaporated milk.
  • Pour the above mixture over cooked chilies.
  • Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the mixture before you serve the recipe.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas:

Mexican Independence Day Food Recipes
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas


  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10 flour tortillas
  • 10 ounce diced tomatoes with mild green chilies (undrained)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese


  • Mix green chilies and chicken soup.
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cups shredded cheese and sour cream to the above mixture.
  • Put 1/3rd part of the above mixture in a bowl.
  • Add chicken to the remaining mixture.
  • Fill each tortilla shell with a spoonful of chicken and soup mixture.
  • Apply grease on a saucepan and put the stuffed tortillas in it, one by one.
  • Top with the 1/3rd soup mixture.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the tortillas.
  • Bake at 350° for half an hour or more, until the ingredients are completely heated.

Tres Leches (Milk Cake):

Milk Cake
Tres Leches


  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 12 fluid ounce evaporated milk
  • 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream


  • Heat the oven until 350° and apply grease and flour on a baking pan (9×13 inch).
  • Sift baking powder and flour and keep them away.
  • Combine butter with 1 cup white sugar until you get a fluffy mixture.
  • Add eggs into the above mixture.
  • Put 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into the mixture and mix well.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of the flour mixture to the butter mixture at a time and blend the two.
  • Pour the batter (flour and butter mixture) into the baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° F for half an hour.
  • Pierce the cake with a fork frequently to see whether it is baked properly.
  • Let the cake cool after it is baked.
  • Mix the whole milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk together.
  • Pour the combined milk on top of the cake.
  • Combine the remaining 1 cup sugar, vanilla extract, and whipping cream until the mixture turns thick.
  • Top the cake with the mixture.
  • Refrigerate the cake for some time and enjoy having it with your dear ones!

Steak Burrito

Traditional Mexican Recipes
Steak Burrito


  • 2 beef flank steaks (1 pound each)
  • 1 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 4 ounces chopped green chilies
  • 2 envelopes taco seasoning
  • 10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped seeded plum tomatoes
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  • Divide the steaks into halves and apply taco seasoning.
  • Place the steaks in a slow cooker before coating the latter with cooking spray.
  • Top the steaks with onion and chilies.
  • Add vinegar as well.
  • Cover the steaks and cook over low heat until the meat becomes soft.
  • Remove the steaks and let them cool.
  • Use forks to shred meat.
  • Heat it in a slow cooker.
  • With a spoon, put down 1/2 cup of the meat mixture into the center of the tortillas, one by one.
  • Top them with cheese and sour cream.
  • Also, use tomato to top the food item prepared.
  • Fold the ends and sides of the tortillas once they are stuffed and topped.

Dallas’ Mexican Cornbread

Mexican Independence Day treat ideas
Dallas’ Mexican Cornbread

Ingredients (4 to 6 servings):

  • 1 and 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 8 ounce sour cream
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 8 and 1/2 ounce creamed corn
  • 1/2 cup canola oil


  • Preheat the oven until the temperature rises to 425° F.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
  • Apply grease on an iron skillet.
  • Pour the ingredients into the skillet.
  • Cook the items for 15 minutes.
  • Your Dallas’ Mexican Cornbread recipe is ready!

California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole

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California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole

Ingredients (6 servings):

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 ounce diced green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8 ounces sliced Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives (can also be used to garnish the recipe)
  • 1 egg
  • 12 corn tortillas, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green onion (optional)
  • Extra sliced black olives (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)


  • Preheat an oven till the temperature rises to 350°.
  • Apply grease on a casserole dish set aside.
  • Saute beef with onion and garlic in a skillet, and apply medium heat.
  • Drain the mixture.
  • Sprinkle chili powder over the beef and mix properly.
  • Add tomato sauce, olives, and green chilies.
  • Also, add sugar and salt to the above mixture.
  • Apply very low heat and let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Blend the egg with cottage cheese.
  • Place 1/3 part of beef on the casserole dish and layer it with half part of Monterey Jack cheese and half of egg and cottage cheese mixture.
  • Use half the tortillas to create the next layer on beef.
  • Place 1/3 part of beef on top of the tortillas.
  • Continue to create layers by using the remaining tortillas, Monterey Jack cheese, and beef.
  • Top the layers by sprinkling cheddar cheese.
  • Bake at 350° until you have heated the layers completely.
  • Check if the cheese has melted, and then serve the recipe with sour cream, green onions, and black olives.

Mexican Independence Day Quotes
“Cuando el pueblo salta sus barreras, casi ningún esfuerzo es bastante poderoso para detenerlo”
–Guadalupe Victoria

“Tantos soldados para custodiar una pobre mujer, pero yo con mi sangre les formare un patrimonio a mis hijos”
–Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez

“¡Viva la independencia! ¡Viva la América! ¡Muera el mal gobierno!”
–Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

“Sin importar el tamaño de la ciudad o pueblo en donde nacen los hombres o las mujeres, ellos son finalmente el tamaño de su obra, del tamaño de su voluntad de engrandecer y enriquecer a sus hermanos”
–Ignacio Allende

“¡Que se eduque a los hijos del labrador y del barrendero como a los del más rico hacendado!”
–José María Morelos y Pavón

Taking it as a whole, Mexico is a grand city, and, as Cortes truly said, its situation is marvelous.
— Edward Burnett Tyler

“Siendo contra los clamores de la naturaleza vender a los hombres, quedan abolidas las leyes”
–Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

“Cuando el pueblo salta sus barreras, casi ningún esfuerzo es bastante poderoso para detenerlo”
–Guadalupe Victoria

“Soy siervo de la nación porque esta asume la más grande legitima e inviolable de las soberanías”
–José María Morelos y Pavón

“La soberanía dimana inmediatamente del pueblo”
–José María Morelos y Pavón

“Morir es nada cuando por la patria se muere”
–José María Morelos y Pavón

“La lengua guarda al pescuezo”
–Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

El indulto es para los criminales, no para los defensores de la patria”
–Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

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