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How to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day 2022 in Arizona

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Sept. 16 is a day that by no means goes uncelebrated in the Valley.

Many Mexicans, descendants of Mexicans and those that admire Mexico’s tradition in Arizona collect on at the present time to celebrate the notorious “Grito,” or “call to arms,” that gave manner to Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1810.

The celebrations that happen in Mexico and in many U.S. cities are meant to resemble what happened in the early morning of Sept. 16, 1810, when Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bells of his parish and referred to as from the atrium of the church to the inhabitants of Dolores, Hidalgo, to stand up towards the viceregal authorities of New Spain.

According to Magdaleno Manzanarez, professor of political science at Western New Mexico University, celebrating the historic date is “more than the beginning of a war that came to create a country — it is part of the Mexican culture because it becomes a custom and that leads to what is valuable in a cultural context. So it is very important for us here in the U.S. to try to preserve those customs, traditions, those historical dates.”

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