On September 16th, the people of Mexico celebrate the anniversary of the day that they gained independence as a country.
The Mexican Independence Day is one of the biggest holidays in Mexico; people celebrate with food, songs, fireworks, and - of course - a day off school!
People in Mexico decorate their homes and cars with Mexican flags, and Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
The Mexican Independence Day party kicks off on the night of September 15th with special food and a public address by the Mexican President.
A little bit of History:
In the year 1500, Spain conquered Mexico and named it New Spain. Life was hard under Spanish rule and many of the native Mexicans (Mayas and Aztecs) were forced into slavery.
The Grito de Dolores ("Cry of Dolores") also known as El Grito de la Independencia ("Cry of Independence"), was uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato on September 16, 1810. A priest named Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla started a revolt against the Spanish. The Spanish were finally defeated in 1821 and now Mexican Independence is celebrated every year to remember the beginning of the struggle for freedom.