Cry of Dolores in Mexico Date in the current year: September 15, 2016

Cry of Dolores in Mexico People of Mexico annually observe Cry of Dolores (Grito de Dolores) on September 15 to commemorate the event that marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain in 1810. In fact celebration of Cry of Dolores is a prelude to Independence Day.

In the night of April 15 a Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla pronounced a cry from the church chapel in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato. His exact words are lost and historians give their own numerous interpretations, however, the cry and the bells ringing were heard by people and the next day the Mexicans officially started war of independence against the Spanish rule.

Observation of Cry of Dolores begins in the night of September 15. At around 11 in the evening President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City and repeats a shout of patriotism. This shout is based on the words of the original cry and it also comprises the names of the Mexican heroes. After the shout the bell is rang again and the Mexican flag is waved to the applause of the crowd. It's followed by playing and singing the national anthem of Mexico.

The major celebrations of Independence Day begin early in the morning, on September 16. However, Cry of Dolores is one of the important civic holidays for the Mexicans.

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