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Independence Worth Shouting About

Club Caribe had everything planned this month to make members feel truly Mexican in celebration of El Grito (the Shout) on September 15, which marks Mexico’s historic independence from Spain in 1810. For Mexico, the whole month of September is considered an excuse to celebrate independence, with September 15 and 16 carrying the most weight. Known as El Mes Patrio (month of patriotism), if you visit Villa del Palmar Cancun during September, you will see various parts of Cancun decorated with Mexican flags or red, white and green banners.

History of Mexico’s Independence and El Grito

The background of El Grito is fascinating. The beginning of Mexico’s Independence is attributed to an uprising that took place on the morning of September 16, 1810 in the town of Dolores, Mexico. Led by a priest, Miguel Hidalgo and captains Ignacio Allende and Juan Aldama, history books claim that the people of the town were incited to rise up against the Viceroyalty of New Spain chanting: “¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Abajo el mal gobierno! ¡Viva Fernando VII!” (Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe! Down with the bad government! Long live Fernando VII!) hence where today’s tradition of El Grito originates.

Government officials and mayors across Mexico, including the nation’s President, Enrique Peña Neto in Mexico City, imitated this call to independence on the ever of September 16 in commemoration of this first act of resistance. Eleven years after the Dolores uprising, Mexico was officially recognized as an independent state, claiming its independence from Spain in 1821.

On September 15, Club Caribe members visiting Villa del Palmar Cancun were able to join in Mexico’s celebrations  with a selection of Mexican treats:

Traditional Mexican Style Buffet  (Zamá Restaurant)

Mexican Games (mechanical bull, marbles, Mexican lottery, balloons etc.)

Mexican Folk Dancing Show.

• Traditional Mexican “Shout” of Independence (El Grito)

•  Breaking piñatas