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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Could you give me a quick summary of Grito de Dolores?

Why is it celebrated? Tell me a bit about it?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain, first uttered by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, parish priest of Dolores (now Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato state), on Sept.

    16, 1810.

    Hidalgo was involved in a plot against the Spanish colonial government, and, when the plot was betrayed, he decided to act immediately. After arming the people, he addressed them from the pulpit, encouraging them to revolt. The exact text of this most famous of all Mexican speeches is not known, and a wide variety of “reconstructed” versions have been published, but he may have said, in essence, “Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe [symbol of the Indians' faith], death to bad government, death to the gachupines [the Spaniards]!” Hidalgo amassed a large popular mob-army, but after much reckless pillage and bloodshed the movement was suppressed and Hidalgo himself was captured and executed on July 31, 1811. Hidalgo's “cry” became the cry of independence. In commemoration, each year on the night of September 15—the eve of Mexican Independence Day—the president of the republic shouts a version of “el Grito” from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City: “Viva México! Viva la Independencia! Vivan los héroes!” The ceremony is broadcast throughout the country and is repeated in smaller scale in many towns and villages.

  • 1 decade ago

    Mexican people celebrate it during Independence Day.

    Long story short: in 1910, a priest in Dolores (a small town in Guanajuato state) officially started the independence movement. He rang the bell of the church (as he would for calling to mass) really early in the morning on September 16th and asked the people to fight for our country's independence.

    That's why we celebrate on the night of September 15th (like Americans celebrate July 4th) and we call it "Grito de independencia" or just "grito" because, in main plazas in each city, majors, governors and the president shout "Viva Mexico", and we commemorate our independence heroes who died for the cause.

    Source(s): Many elementary school books. Common knowledge.
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