Friday, September 16, 2016
FELIZ DIA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA
September 16 is EL DIA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA (Mexican Independence Day).
Many people I know believe that Cinco de Mayo is Independence Day but both days provide our excuses to eat Mexican food, which we enjoy, but I also like sharing the history of the celebrations.
On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, began the War Of Independence with the cry "Grito de Dolores" ("cry of Dolores") with Dolores being the village where the revolution began. Hidalgo was defeated in 1811, and after years of fighting, during subsequent battles and regimes, Mexico became a Federal Republic in 1823.
Although there were several attempts at re-conquests, Spain finally recognized the independence in 1836.
I'll be celebrating their independence while I enjoy caldo de Cameron, ceviche, romeritos, and pan de muerto for dessert.