Patriotic fervor is at its peak throughout Mexico as the celebration of the Grito de Independencia (Cry of Independence) takes place throughout the different states of the Republic.
This emblematic date marks the beginning of the festivities in commemoration of the insurgent movement that led to Mexico’s independence more than two centuries ago.
Throughout the country, from the largest cities to the smallest towns, events and ceremonies are held to unite Mexicans in a show of pride and love for their country.
Squares, streets and balconies are adorned with the colors of the Mexican flag, and hearts are filled with excitement in anticipation of the cry of “¡Viva México!” that will resound throughout the nation.
Which states are celebrating this September 15?
For the third consecutive year, and under a persistent rain, Governor Layda Sansores San Roman rang the bells of Dolores, cheered the heroes who gave us our homeland and pronounced the Grito de Independencia, just as the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla did 213 years ago.
In addition, she granted early release to 22 persons deprived of their liberty who were in the Social Reinsertion Centers of San Francisco Kobén and Carmen.
The ceremony was attended by military and civilian authorities and was broadcast live.
Sansores recalled that one of the first actions she took at the beginning of her mandate three years ago was to visit the San Francisco Kobén prison, located in the municipality of Campeche.
To date, a total of 220 people have benefited from early release, and the goal is to reach 500.
“It is one of the moments that causes me the greatest happiness, they earned it….. they are not alone.
The governor of the state of Colima, Indira Vizcaino Silva, led the ceremony of the Grito de Independencia on Friday night.
She was accompanied by representatives of the Legislative and Judicial Branches, civil, military and naval authorities. The ceremony took place from the central balcony of the Government Palace and attracted thousands of people who gathered in the Libertad Garden to celebrate the 213th anniversary of the beginning of Mexico’s Independence.
In her shout, the governor emphasized: “Long live the people who love their neighbors, long live the women of Colima, long live equality, long live hope!
The Governor of Oaxaca, Salomón Jara, gave the Grito de Independencia, marking the beginning of his term of office. During his speech, he made reference to the Fourth Transformation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the historic Oaxacan Spring.
At 10:00 p.m., the governor, dressed in a white guayabera, appeared on the main balcony of the Government Palace, accompanied by his wife Irma Bolaños, president of DIF. From there, he shouted the commemorative shout of the 213th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.
He also rang the bell on the façade of the building. The capital’s plaza was filled with more than 5 thousand Oaxacans, who gathered for a festive celebration.
Under a solid security system, the governor of Michoacán, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, led the ceremony of the Cry of Independence in the city of Morelia.
From the balcony of the Government Palace and in front of a crowd of 70 thousand attendees, the governor delivered speeches in homage to the indigenous peoples and historical figures such as Vicente Guerrero, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, and José María Morelos y Pavón, among others.
The governor of Morelos, Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo, pronounced the traditional Grito de Independencia from the central balcony of the Government Palace in this city, in spite of a strong storm that threatened to suspend the event.
Finally, a little after 10:00 p.m., the state governor received the national flag from the hands of an infantryman of the 24th Military Zone and went to the balcony, accompanied by his wife Natalia Rezende.
“Viva Allende, Viva Aldama, Viva Guerrero, Viva the State of Morelos, Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico, Viva Mexico” to finish waving the tricolor flag, was concrete and answered for Cuauhtémoc Blanco.
Although the storm caused some attendees to leave, Blanco Bravo made the traditional speeches and, without deviating from the original script, fulfilled his fifth Grito de Independencia.
With cheers to Vicente Guerrero, peace, justice and freedom, the governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado Pineda, pronounced the Grito de la Independencia from the main balcony of the Centro building, the official seat of the local Executive Power in Chilpancingo.
The governor expressed her support to the Insurgent heroes, including Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Ignacio Allende, and the corregidora Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez. She also paid tribute in her speech to General Vicente Guerrero Saldaña, who was the architect of the consummation of the War of Independence and from whose surname this entity takes its name.
In addition, in her speech, the governor highlighted her support for justice, peace, freedom, as well as indigenous and Afro-Mexican peoples.
Early in the morning, families from Durango gathered in the Plaza IV Centenario to commemorate the 213th anniversary of the beginning of the insurgent movement that culminated with the independence of Mexico.
There were a variety of activities for the attendees, who enjoyed music until approximately 10:50 pm. At that time, the festivities were centered in front of the Zambrano Palace, where the governor of Durango, Esteban Villegas Villarreal, pronounced the Grito from the balcony.
To celebrate the 213th anniversary of the struggle for independence, the governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, took to the balcony of the Government Palace to give the Grito in front of thousands of people who gathered to celebrate.
First, the state Secretary of the Interior, María Fritz Sierra, read the letter of independence, and then the governor stepped out onto the balcony with the flag in hand.
“Mexicans, long live Hidalgo, long live, Morelos, long live Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, long live Guerrero, long live the heroes who gave us a homeland, long live Mexico,” he shouted.
The governor of Querétaro, Mauricio Kuri, emphasized the importance of tolerance and respect as key points in these patriotic festivities.
During his speech in front of more than 10 thousand people in the Plaza de Armas, the governor highlighted the unity of Mexicans.
“Long live the unity of Mexicans,” he shouted.
In the cradle of independence, he recognized outstanding figures such as Corregidora Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez and Miguel Hidalgo, among others.
Governor Rubén Rocha Moya joined the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day in Culiacán.
Rocha was present at the esplanade of the Government Palace, where, accompanied by his daughter, Dr. Eneyda Rocha Ruiz, and members of his cabinet, he greeted thousands of Sinaloans who gathered to commemorate this special occasion.
In the midst of the crowd, the governor took the opportunity to invite everyone to join the celebration at the Government Palace, where musical and artistic performances were held.
Baja California Sur
The governor of the state of Baja California Sur, Víctor Manuel Castro Cosío, led the Grito de Independencia ceremony from the Palacio de Cantera.
With solemnity, the governor paid homage to the heroes who gave us homeland and freedom.
“Long live national independence, long live Don Miguel Hidalgo; long live José María Morelos y Pavón; long live Ignacio Allende; long live Mariano Matamoros; long live Vicente Guerrero; long live Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez; long live Leona Vicario; long live Baja California Sur, long live Mexico, long live Mexico, long live Mexico,” he shouted.
San Luis Potosi
The governor of the state, Ricardo Gallardo Cardona, dressed as a charro, led the Grito de Independencia from the Government Palace in the capital of San Luis Potosi. From there, he proclaimed the patriotic harangues in honor of the heroes of Independence.
In addition to the traditional harangues, Governor Gallardo Cardona added vivas to recognize the elderly, the Potosino Mariano Jiménez and the communities of the state.
“Long live the indigenous communities of San Luis Potosí, long live the senior citizens, long live the families of San Luis Potosí, long live the children of San Luis Potosí!” he shouted.
From the Plaza de Armas located in the city of Villahermosa, the governor of Tabasco, Carlos Manuel Merino Campos rang the bell of sorrows to later remember the heroes who gave independence and freedom to the Mexican territory.
At the end of what was his last Independence Day celebration held in the capital’s Zócalo by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the State Executive led the ceremonial act by honoring the flag and ringing the Dolores bell before an esplanade full of Tabascans who came to commemorate the 213th anniversary of the independence.
Before thousands of Veracruz citizens who congregated in the Plaza Lerdo in Xalapa, Governor Cuitláhuac García Jiménez carried out the ceremony of the Grito de Independencia. From the central balcony of the Government Palace, he pronounced the traditional harangue in honor of the patriotic heroes, and on this occasion, he included Epigmenio González in the list.
García Jiménez led the penultimate celebration of his six-year term and, on this occasion, mentioned among the heroes Epigmenio González, a Mexican liberal insurgent who participated with his brother Emeterio González in the Conspiracy of Querétaro, which occurred before the beginning of the War of Independence.
During the Independence Cry in Chiapas, Governor Rutilio Escandón Cadenas addressed more than 5 thousand people, emphasizing the importance of values such as gender equality, democracy, human rights and respect for indigenous peoples, in addition to paying homage to historical figures.
“Long live democracy! Long live honesty! Long live corruption! Long live gender equality! Long live human rights! Long live Mexican humanism! Long live the fourth transformation of Mexico! Long live Chiapas! Long live Chiapas! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico! Long live Mexico!” he shouted.