This week Mexico celebrates the bicentennial of its independence from Spain. Two hundred years ago, a priest named Miguel Hidalgo called for the Mexican people to revolt against their Spanish rulers. His impassioned midnight cry, the Grito de Dolores, is considered the beginning of Mexico’s independence. Every year on the night of September 15th, the President of Mexico declaims El Grito from the balcony of the national palace before the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Mexico City’s main square, the Zócalo. This year’s fiesta promises to be spectacular, a sight not to be missed. For my friends to the south, it’ll be on Univision from 10pm-1am (Eastern time) on Wednesday night. I’m hoping I’ll be able to watch it online, though I haven’t figured out where yet.
In the mean time, check out the amazing Mexico 2010 website [English]. It is a multimedia extravaganza of information about Mexico’s history and heritage. There is even more material available in Spanish, of course, including an extensive digital library, which has already seen over 800,000 book downloads. That should keep everyone busy for the next 200 years!