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Celebrating Diez y Seis


Mexico celebrates the 210th anniversary of its independence from Spain today, Wednesday, Sept. 16 – Diez y Seis de Septiembre.

On Sept. 16, 1810, Fr. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (May 8,1753-July 30, 1811), a Roman Catholic priest in the small Mexican village of Dolores, rang the church bells and called to arms the roughly 600 people of the town, urging them to defend their home and, most of all, to fight for an impoverished and oppressed Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. The peal of the church bells of Dolores would come to stand as the symbolic start to the Mexican War of Independence, which raged for 11 years before Mexico finally gained its sovereignty from overseas rule.

Now, more than 200 years later, that same call – “El Grito de Dolores” as it is known in the annals of Mexican history – still rings out as communities throughout Mexico, the Borderlands and beyond join together to celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre, Mexican Independence Day.