Celebrating and Living in Mexico

Sep 8, 2012   //   by admin   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments
Living in Mexico

Celebrating Mexico’s Independence

Living in Mexico means Celebration!

When you are living in Mexico, celebrations are part of life for almost any occasion.  Living in Mexico means getting used to the sound of the “pops” and “booms” of fireworks for Mexico’s favorite holidays.

Now, in September, one of the largest ritual celebrations takes place on the 15th of the month; Mexican Independence Day.  The Grito de Dolores is known as the historic “shout” out from the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla to the townspeople in Dolores, Guanajuato to fight for independence against Spain .  This cry for war took place on September 16, 1810.

“Viva” for Independent Living in Mexico

The largest and most elaborate celebration for the annual ritual to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day takes place in Mexico City.  Every year, at 11:00 PM on the 15th of September, the President of the Republic enters the Central Balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City’s Zocolo and rings the bell, the same bell that rang out in 1810, and cries out to the crowd gathered in the square.  The response from the crowd is “Viva”.  The ritual “Grito” goes something like this:

¡Vivan los heroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Allende! ¡Viva!
¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva!
¡Viva nuestra independencia! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!
¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!

Imagine the power of such a great celebration of independent living for the citizens of Mexico.  After the last ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva!, the crowd enthusiastically starts the celebration with flag waving, noise makers and fireworks.  And so the grand celebration begins!  Much of the celebrating is followed on the 16th of September in many civic ceremonies and parades that flow throughout all the villages in Mexico.  Certainly a day for the Mexican citizens to take pride in their country and enjoy traditional flavorful dishes.

Celebrate Life while Living in Mexico

It’s truly a great experience to celebrate along with your Mexican neighbors in the traditional style.  While living in Mexico, you too will catch the feeling of celebrating life; something the Mexican’s love to do.  Mexico is a country steeped in tradition and culture and you can enjoy and experience these traditions while living in Mexico.

Living in Mexico for expats means a complete cultural exchange for people sharing the same continent, yet possessing vast differences in traditions.  That is the highlight of living in Mexico; the ability to become one with a beautiful and loving group of people who celebrate life.

After adjusting to the culture of Mexico, you may find yourself crying out ¡Viva! for making the choice of living in Mexico.

 

 

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