Tuesday, September 16, 2014

El Ultimo Grito

Today is Mexican Independence Day. It actually commemorates the first (official) act of insurgence against the Spanish in 1810 rather than Independence itself which came 11 years later. 
The act was a grito (cry) of freedom by a priest called Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the town of Dolores. Each year, on the night of 15th September, the President rings the bell of the National Palace which overlooks the Zocalo and repeats the now almost mythical cry of Padre Hidalgo. 
It was too late for us to join the massive throng last night (and with children we were advised against it), but we enjoyed the day off today with friends in the western hills.

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