What is El Grito in Mexico?
If you are visiting Mexico and you don't know what it means, check this out!
If you are traveling to Mexico in September, for sure you've heard about El Grito, but do you know what it means? Here at Reservamos.mx we'll tell you all about this Mexican tradition and why it is so important for our Independence Day celebrations. Next time you hear about it you''ll be an expert on the subject.
How did it start?
On the eve of September 16th, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla made a call to arms to begin the Mexican Independence War in Dolores, now known as Dolores Hidalgo, in Guanajuato. The Grito de Dolores, which literally means "shout", was a speech that Miguel Hidalgo gave to encourage people to fight for their freedom against the Spanish oppression.
Even though the Grito tradition was born previously in other parts of the country, it became a nationwide practice in 1986 when Porfirio Díaz relocated the bell that rang in 1810 to summon the people to war, to the National Palace at Mexico City, the country's capital. Since then, every September 15th the Grito de Independecia is celebrated with the president in turn ringing the bell, giving a patriotic speech where he mentions the independence's heroes and starting the celebrations by yelling "¡Viva México!" three times.
Today, rulers from all over the country do el grito according to tradition as people gather at the town squares to commemorate Independence Day. Delicious food and an amazing atmosphere are the staples of this celebration. On September 15th you can travel anywhere in Mexico and you'll experience this incredible nationwide party. Remember that in Reservamos.mx you can buy your plane and bus tickets at the best price, and with a connecting ride you can get to any destination you want. Where will you like to experience this Mexican tradition?