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Let Freedom Ring!

Updated: Sep 21, 2019

On September 15th, five Central American nations — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua — celebrated 193 years of independence.

On that day in 1821, Central American leaders accepted a plan drafted by the Mexican Agustin de Iturbide, declaring the five nations free from Spain.

Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively

El Grito - Viva Mexico!

El Grito” refers to El Grito de Dolores, “the cry” that Father Miguel Hidalgo delivered to his parish on Sept. 16, 1810 in the small town of Dolores, located in central Mexico. The cry was a call to the Mexicanpeople to rise up against the Spaniards after dealing with three centuries of Spanish Rule in Mexico.

This event is commemorated every year in Mexico on the night of September 15th. People gather in the Zocalo, to participate in the patriotic fervor waiting for the President of the Republic that overlooks the Government Palace balcony, performing the famous GRITO At the end of the third ¡Viva Mexico! the crowd goes wild waving flags, ringing noisemakers and spraying foam. Then fireworks light up the sky as the crowd cheers. Later the anthems sung. Source: Arminas Travel - El Grito de Delores

The Most important part of Costa Rican History: Achieving Costa Rica Independence was one of the most important events in Costa Rica’s short history. Unlike many of their neighbors, however, the Ticos managed to do it without bloodshed or revolution. While this is certainly a blessing, it does not mean that it was a simple process. In fact, they had to win their freedom not once, but twice! Source


Here is an awesome video"Gringos Celebrate El Grito in Mexico City" from 2 of my favorite expat YouTubers, the Kinetic Kennons who were at the El Grito festivities last night.

What a spectacular display!! The patriotism brought tears to my eyes. Hope to attend the celebration next year.

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