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Feliz Día de la Independencia
Today, September 16, is Mexican Independence Day. Independence Day commemorates the beginning of the revolution that would ultimately free Mexico from Spanish rule. On the night of September 15th, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo issued the famous grito (cry) for independence in the town of Dolores in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. Or perhaps it was in the early morning of September 16th. Regardless, this was the call to arms that led to a protracted revolutionary war that would culminate with independence from Spain with the signing of the Treaty of Córdoba on August 24th, 1821.
You can read a bit more about the Mexican War of Independence in my short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize1 article The Pocket Guide To Mexican History. Or, you can go out to your favorite restaurant and order Chiles en Nogada, one of the more traditional dishes prepared in celebration of this day. And enjoy the fireworks 🎆.
I assume it was short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, although I have no way of confirming this.