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Mexico celebrates Día de la Independencia

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gave his first Grito de Independencia Sunday night as the country prepared to celebrate Independence Day. López Obrador, accompanied by his wife, gave the Grito de Independencia from the Presidential Box of the National Palace in front of thousands.

The president dedicated “Viva!” to the Independence movement, Miguel Hidalgo and Costilla, José María Morelos y Pavón, Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, Ignacio Allende, Leona Vicario, mothers and fathers of the country, to the anonymous heroes, to the heroic people of Mexico, to the indigenous communities, to freedom, to justice, to democracy, to sovereignty, to universal brotherhood, to peace, to the cultural greatness of the country and to Mexico.

The celebration of Grito de Independencia was heard around the country, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morrelos and Cozumel where heads of municipalities rang the bells. The festivities included traditional Mexican music, food and colors, not to mention fireworks.

Cancun Mayor Laura Fernández Piña gave her Grito de Independencia at 11:00 p.m. saying “Mexicans! Long live the heroes who gave us homeland and freedom! Hidalgo! Long live Morelos! Long live Guerrero! Long live Andrés Quintana Roo! Long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez! Long live Allende! Long live Aldama and Matamoros! Long live Leone Vicar! Long live Puerto Morelos Long live our democracy! Long live National Independence! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico!

Mexico’s flag waved in the night breeze while participants sang Himno Nacional Mexicano or Mexicans, at the cry of war, the national anthem of Mexico.

September 16 marks Día de la Independencia or Independence Day to celebrate the “cry of independence” on September 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards.