On September 15th 1821, following almost three centuries of Spanish conquest and colonization, the independence of Mexico was achieved. After 11 years of battles, this movement initially led by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who issued the famous Grito de Dolores, and followed by thousands of insurgents finally managed to beat the Spaniards.
Since then, September is known in Mexico as “the patriotic month”. Restaurants, schools, government agencies and streets are dressed in the colors of the Mexican flag (green, white and red) to celebrate the Independence of Mexico.
You will find some things to do, what are the typical dishes that you don’t want to miss and where in the CDMX you can celebrate the most Mexican night of the year.
The President’s grito from the National Palace.
Hundreds of mexicans gather together at the Plaza de la Constitución in Mexico City, better known as the Zocalo, people arrive bright and early to get the best sit, they wait to see the president of Mexico in the balcony of the National Palace, that night he waves the Mexican flag and shouts the name of the most important characters of the fight won over 190 years ago.
Usually, the show starts around 8:00 p.m when a musical group is presented on stage, the main act, el grito starts at 11 p.m, followed by a fireworks show, all attendees shout all together: Viva Mexico!
If you are wondering how to celebrate this day, we share with you the essential and traditional options.
Taste the typical Mexican dishes
One of the main reasons why Mexicans love to celebrate this date is because of the feast in houses and restaurants. The main dishes to try during your visit to the CDMX are:
The traditional pozole, to honor our flag with these three different versions: green, with pumpkin seed; white, the simplest and easiest to find; and red, with chile guajillo and chile ancho.
Chile en nogada, the sweet and sour dish from Puebla that you will only find in “the patriotic moth”: A chile poblano stuffed with ground meat and dry fruits, bathed with a castille nut creamy sauce.
Of course, mexican snacks everywhere, such as pambazos, tamales, tostadas, sopes, flautas, quesadillas, etc.
Sing and dance in a cantina
Music, tequila and mariachi is the best way to go when it comes to the national celebration. The perfect place to find that mix is obviously a canteen. One of the favorites in CDMX is the 70 years-old Cantina Centenario, located in Av. Vicente Suárez, Condesa. Another excellent option is La Coyoacana, an everyday is friday place, located in Calle Higuera no. 14 in Coyoacán.
Dress yourself in green, white or red and dare to live a real Mexican style Independence Day
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