Today is Mexican Independence Day (Día de la Independencia), and at ORGANO™ we are taking time to celebrate the events, and people, that eventually resulted in Mexico’s independence from Spain. This historic Mexican holiday began when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest, uttered the “El Gritode de Delores” or the “Cry of Delores” from the steps of his congregation in the small town of Dolores near Guanajuato. Although exact wording is unknown, Costilla was said to have encouraged the people to revolt and recover the stolen lands taken by the Spaniards.
The Mexicans rose up and formed a large, determined army. After eleven years of war, on September 27, 1821, Mexico finally won independence from Spain. Every year at midnight on Independence Day, Mexicans are led by the President of Mexico shouting the “grito” honoring the crucial, and extremely impulsive action that was the catalyst for the country’s struggle for independence. All over Mexico, in Mexican embassies and consulates worldwide those of Mexican heritage celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance, and music.
Many other cities also commemorate the day. Las Vegas is a popular destination for celebrating El Grito. This year in Las Vegas Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias and Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel will perform at events that feature everything from art to celebrated Mexican cuisine. Check to see what your city has planned!
Our entire ORGANO™ family will raise a latte (one of the best selling ORGANO™ products in Mexico) to celebrate the festivities!