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Mexico commemorates its 213th Independence Anniversary

Happy 5 de Mayo

Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2023. 10:53 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez:  Today, Mexicans across the globe are celebrating the 213th anniversary of their nation’s hard-won independence from Spain.

The roots of Mexico’s independence movement trace back to 1810, marking the initiation of the revolution. The day is observed as a national holiday in Mexico, with historical reenactments of moments from the revolutionary leaders, accompanied by vibrant Mexican cultural performances and dazzling fireworks displays.

Father Miguel Hidalgo, a revered Catholic priest, famously issued the initial call for independence. Following a stirring speech in Dolores, Mexico, Hidalgo hoisted the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic representation of the Virgin Mary as seen by Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican who was later canonized as a saint. As Hidalgo bore the banner of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico, countless individuals were moved to rally behind him.

After a tragic turn of events led to Hidalgo’s assassination by the civil government, another priest, José María Morelos, took up the cause. He was succeeded by Agustín de Iturbide, a former soldier for Spain who shifted allegiances to become a pivotal figure in Mexico’s quest for independence. Iturbide led troops into Mexico City, securing the city and proclaiming the nation’s independence. Despite this, his attempt to establish a monarchy-centric governance faltered, leading to a period where military leaders jockeyed for power until a democratic republic was eventually instituted.

Guadalupe Victoria, a stalwart of the independence movement, had the honor of becoming Mexico’s inaugural president. However, it is Father Hidalgo who remains etched in the collective memory as the true icon of Mexican independence.

Today’s independence celebrations are a testament to the tenacious spirit of the Mexican people and their decades-long struggle for freedom. Across Mexico, families are serenaded by mariachi bands, partaking in rich cultural performances, parades, and traditional food.

“We are proud of our indigenous peoples and the cultural greatness of Mexico. We dedicate the Cry of Independence to our migrant brothers and to love; We also remember the heroes and their ideals of freedom, equality, justice, democracy and sovereignty in force to this day. Viva Mexico!,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

Fеlісеѕ Fіеѕtаѕ Раtrіаѕ Мехісо!

 

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