Once again it is Mexican Independence Day, which starts on the night of September 15th with the Grito – the cry of freedom. We had a wonderful celebration last night and since I am sure I have already posted the history of this celebration in another blog posting on this site, I will cut the narrative short and mainly post videos and photos.
This is the true Mexican Independence Day – not Cinco de Mayo, which only celebrates the people of Puebla’s victory over Napoleon’s forces. The evening started out with a parade of the flag, speeches, prayers and suggestions to help for the victims of the recent natural disasters in Oaxaca and Chiapas and the toro, an effigy of a bull surrounded by fireworks. The fireworks were lit and a man ran around the village square with it. I still don’t know if or how many times someone was burned from holding it as fireworks shoot off.
There was singing and dancing and between 11pm and midnight fireworks were set off into the sky. So enjoy the videos and photos (including some taken on more artistic settings) and have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.
Cofradía version of the Running of the Bulls
Mariachis playing Camino Real Colima
Children watching the performances