Mexico celebrates 200 years of independence

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 15, 2010 at 4:15 a.m.

We shout out a rousing congratulation to our neighboring country of Mexico as it celebrates 200 years of independence from Spanish rule. Diez y Seis de Septembre (Sept. 16) is Mexico's Independence Day, one of the most important celebrated days in Mexico.

It was Sept. 16, 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla rang the church bells in Dolores at midnight, calling Mexican peasants to arms against the gachupines (the ruling class, born in Spain).

The grito - shout - for independence is celebrated among Hispanic cultures worldwide to mark Mexico's independence. ".Each year on Sept. 16, to mark the anniversary, the Grito! - the rousing speech of Father Hidalgo - is mirrored in public ceremonies all across the country, especially in Mexico City, and in Dolores Hidalgo where it all began." according to

Certainly, Mexico is still a struggling democracy, dealing with crooked politicians, cartels and economic difficulties, but it has survived, and it is having some success dealing with its cartels and other woes.

And as Mexicans ring the bells and cry "Viva Mexico," we believe that Mexico will live long and solve its problems.

When the French came to Mexico 52 years later to conquer it, it was May 5, 1862, when Texas-born Gen. Ignacio Zaragosa-Seguin defeated them at Puebla.

And the Cinco de Mayo victory sealed forever that Mexico was truly independent.

This French defeat says much about the character of Mexico's citizens.

Like U.S. citizens, Mexico's people have a fierce pride in their country. They will step up to any challenge.

Again, we say congratulations to Mexico, our friend to the south, upon its independence day.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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