Kremmling celebrates Mexican Independence Day
September 16, 2008
A Mexican Independence Day celebration took place at the Kremmling Library on Saturday in honor of the holiday, which actually takes place today ” Sept. 16.
Antonio Dominguez and Glyn Sheppard organized the community event. Candy Robles, Pepina Dominguez and Maria Stubbs gave dance demonstrations.
There was an arts and crafts project for the children, book and cultural items were on display and many people brought authentic Mexican food to share. Maria Stubbs’ pinto beans and chorizo (spicy pork) was a favorite of everyone.
Mexican Independence Day
In the early 19th century the Mexicans were discussing how to revolt against Spain. These thoughts of revolution were influenced by America and France. There were several groups starting to rally the people for this cause.
A leader of one of these groups was a priest named Father Miguel Hidalgo. Hidalgo lived in Dolores, Mexico. Hidalgo and his officers were planning a revolt for late fall of 1810.
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There were things that they needed to do to prepare the people for the revolt. They needed to make swords, bullets, and train the Indians how to fight.
The Spanish people found out about the revolt and the Spanish government ordered the arrest of Hidalgo and his officers. When Hidalgo heard about this he called a meeting at his church. He rang the church bell on the night of Sept. 15, 1810, to call his congregation to the church for a mass. When all the people arrived Father Hidalgo rallied the people to fight. He gave the speech that is now called Grito de Delores.
He said “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la independencia!” These famous words he said have been remembered and are said each year at the Independence Day celebrations.
The actual day of Sept. 16 is similar to July 4 in the United States. There are rodeos, parades, bullfights and horse riding performances. The people feast and recall Hidalgo’s speeches. There are statues in memory of Father Hidalgo and people decorate them with flowers that are red, white, and green.
The Mexican Flag is made of three main colors: green, white, and red. These colors are symbolic and have an important part in the celebrations. The green is on the left side of the flag and symbolizes independence. White is the color in the middle of the flag and symbolizes religion. The red is on the right side of the flag and symbolizes union. These colors are used often in decorating for the Mexican Independence Day fiesta.