Much like the Fourth of July in America, Mexican Independence Day is one of the biggest celebrations for the country of Mexico. Food, music, parades, parties, flags and fireworks accompany this holiday each year on September 16 as a reminder of the victory in the struggle for freedom against Spain.
The long battle between Mexico and Spain started in 1810 and lasted 11 long years. Since the 1500s, Spain ruled over Mexico. In the early 1800s, a small peasant rebellion began which led Catholic priest, Miguel Hildago, to encourage the native people to retaliate against the Spaniards who had oppressed them for almost 300 years.
Every year on September 15, at midnight, the President of Mexico leads the country in shouting El Grito de Dolores, “Mexicanos, viva Mexico,” in remembrance of the famous words from Hildago that commenced the Mexican war on independence.
Mexican Independence Day is all about remembering the struggle, celebrating victory and reveling in Mexican culture. September 16 is still a significant holiday celebrated in America by Mexican descendants. The Mexican culture has become increasingly prevalent in America, and it’s important to understand and appreciate the history and culture to help it live on.
The Henderson International School promotes a global learning experience by incorporating Spanish language daily into each grade level. We also offer opportunities for international travel and global problem-solving classes, and immerse our lessons in global history and heritage.
A child who learns a foreign language at a young age is at a better advantage than those who don’t. Since the Mexican culture has become so dominant in America, it’s important for children to be able to communicate effectively through language and understand cultural differences. Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the U.S. and the dominant language of many communities surrounding the southern borders of our country. Spanish speaking skills can benefit your child in school, business, travel and everyday life. Studies show that people who are bilingual have improved cognitive skills, improved English skills (Spanish is derived from Latin), have an easier time landing a job, and have an improved cultural understanding.
From everyone at Henderson International School, have a Happy Mexican Independence Day!