September is patriotic
month. Celebrations for National Independence get underway
from the very first day.
Mexico City's major thoroughfares and main square (Zocalo),
as well as its Government Building and others around it
are decked with flags, strings of colored light bulbs,
garlands and motifs for the occasion.
Hundreds of streets stalls and barrows sell national flag,
sombreros, windmills and trumpets, and stores' window
displays are blaze of red, green and white.
Restaurants feature Mexican delicacies on their menus, and
bars and night spots organize "Noches Mexicanas"
for people to let their hair down in fun atmosphere.
Some public and private institutions hold special
lectures, concerts and other cultural events to celebrate
On 15th, people start filling "Plaza de la
Constitucion", or "Zocalo",
early in the evening to buy souvenirs and knick-knacks,
while they munch on mind-boggling assortment of snacks and
watch shows put by well-known artists during hours before
the culminating "Grito".
The big moment is at 11 pm, when Mexican President steps
out onto the central balcony of Government Building to
ring Dolores bell, wave national flag and lead
cheers for heroes who launched the fight for Independence.
On the morning of 16th, downtown streets are lined with
children and adults to watch the impressive military
parade that winds up Independence festivities.