Today, September 15, is a special day in Mexico.
Tonight at midnight, we start to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day, September 16.
In the Zocalo (Main Square) of Mexico City, the president will gather with masses of people to give “El Grito” (“The Cry”) at midnight. They’ll be joined by Mexicans all over the country and the world watching them on TV.
El Grito goes something like this (can be changed a bit):
¡Viva la Independencia Nacional!; (Long live Mexican Independence!)
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron Patria!; (Long live the heroes that gave us our Fatherland!)
¡Vivan los héroes que nos dieron libertad!; (Long live the heroes that gave us freedom!)
¡Viva Hidalgo!; (Long live Hidalgo!)
¡Viva Morelos!; (Long live Morelos!)
¡Viva Allende!; (Long live Allende!)
¡Viva la Corregidora!; (Long live the Corrector… famous woman of independence)
¡Viva Aldama! (Long live Aldama!)
¡Viva Guerrero! (Long live Guerrero!)
So tonight, every Mexican will be at some bar, nightclub or house party with family and friends drinking some beer and screaming as loud as they can. Should be fun!
This year is especially awesome because it’s Mexico’s bicentennial celebration! We’re all very excited.
I don’t work tomorrow, but I’ll get back to you guys on Friday to let you know how my Mexican Independence Day went.
I’ll also be back later today with some awesome bicentennial videos! (Seriously, they’re awesome.)
If you want to read up a little more on the history of El Grito, check out Wikipedia’s article.
**Update: Tropical Storm Karl is threatening to ruin tomorrow’s day off for Mexicans (and me!) throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.