(KRON) — Mexican Independence Day begins with “El Grito”.
Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on Sept. 16, and “El Grito” takes place the night before — just before midnight.
“El Grito” refers to El Grito de Dolores, “the cry” that Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered to his parish on Sept. 16, 1810 in the small town of Dolores, located in central Mexico.
The cry was a call to the Mexican people to rise up against the Spaniards after dealing with three centuries of Spanish Rule in Mexico.
And now — the tradition remains more alive than ever.
Mexicans, Mexican Americans and others around the world gather on the night of Sept. 15 for “El Grito”.
“¡Viva México!”, “Long live Mexico!” can be heard during the celebratory night.
And as the tradition has continued, some tend to add their own spice to their grito.
Though it may seem silly to some, it’s truly a special night for those who participate.
After what Mexicans have been through and continue to go through, it’s almost a feeling of relief.
So if you hear some rowdy chants tonight, don’t worry — it’s just people celebrating a beautiful country and its culture.