September is fast approaching, and with it comes the biggest Mexican party of the year. The month locally referred to as “national month” is when Mexicans celebrate their Independence Day from Spanish conquerors. While many believe Cinco de Mayo is when this celebration takes place, it is in fact on the 16th of September when the beginning of the war marked a journey to freedom.
It’s about time to start getting ready for the biggest and most delicious feast, as well as the nonstop partying, fireworks, and much more (and here are other Mexican traditions you need to experience while in Mexico). If you’re visiting an Exotic Travelers resort in the Riviera Maya during these dates, here is what you need to know about the celebration.
- There is A LOT of eating
If you’ve been to Mexico before you must know by now that there is nonstop eating all throughout the year. However, September is a special occasion and so special dishes are prepared for it. Be ready to eat some pozole, chiles en nogada, tamales, and, of course, tacos.
- There is also A LOT of drinking
As if anyone in Mexico needed a reason to drink, September’s celebrations are just another excuse. Whether you’re sipping on tequila-based drinks, mezcal cocktails or straight tequila (like a true Mexican), there will be a lot of drinking.
Luckily for those who perhaps overdo it on the drinks on the night of September 15th, Mexicans are big on recalentado, which means reheating the food from the day before. Recalentado is just another reason to gather friends and family and keep on eating.
- Dress Code
There is no real dress code to celebrating Independence Day in Mexico, but much like our American friends up north, Mexicans proudly wear their flag’s colors in their attires. Many go a step further in dressing up with traditional Mexican clothing such as the charro or the china poblana.
- ¡Viva Mexico!
Mexicans are naturally loud people – as many other Latinos – but there will be a lot of “¡Viva Mexico!” shouts coming your way throughout September. It is tradition for the country’s president to replicate priest Miguel Hidalgo’s speech given in the city of Dolores, Hidalgo over 200 years ago, where they hail and chant the names of those who brought independence such as Hidalgo, Morelos, Allende, and others. To finish the chant, Viva Mexico is repeated several times with crowds chanting it back. This tradition is replicated across the country.
At the end of the day, this tradition is about having fun and feeling pride. If you love Mexico as much as we do, we’re sure you can somehow identify with the celebration. Mexicans love sharing traditions with their friends from out of state, so you’ll definitely be in for a treat if you spend these dates in a Karisma Hotels & Resorts in Mexico with other Exotic Travelers members.
[Cover photo by Daniel Dionne]