Mexican Independence Day – the Mexican president
re-enacts El Grito, “The Cry of Dolores”, a rallying call for independence against Spanish colonizers, by
ringing the same bell as revolutionary figure Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla did back in 1810.
It is the start of world-wide ceremonies held to honour the historic occasion, by bringing together
Mexican citizens and well-wishers – in spirit if not physically. Still, the uncertain times faced today are an
even stronger reminder of the need for solidarity.
Addressing the Mexican Independence Commemoration 2021, Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency
Federico Salas, marked the extra special significance of this year’s celebration, stating “Mexican
Independence Day on September 16 th is the biggest celebration, and the most important reminder of the
country’s separation from colonial rule – and the year 2021 brings with it three historical
commemorations that have defined the country´s identity.”
“Exactly 7 centuries ago, the Aztec Empire capital city, Mexico-Tenochtitlan was founded –
commemorating the Aztec’s arrival to what is now Mexico City, and is related to the national coat of
arms in Mexico’s flag – a reminder of the country’s proud indigenous heritage.
“Secondly, we honour 5 centuries of the Indigenous Resistance and the foundation of Mexico City. This
event marked both the encounter of two civilisations, and the beginning of 500 years of Indigenous
Peoples’ resistance and defense for their traditions. These people continue to be a source of richness
and diversity to the Mexican Culture.
“Thirdly, we celebrate 2 centuries of independent Mexico. In 1821, after 11 years of war, Mexico finally
became an independent nation, starting a century-long process towards the creation of a multicultural
and inclusive democracy. Therefore, on Mexico’s National Day, we invite both our citizens and friends in
Sri Lanka, to join us in these commemorations.
“Our countries are not only home to ancient and magnificent heritages, but also extraordinary and
unforgettable landscapes. Our nations have historical parallels that were overcome, forging our identities
and uniqueness. Our peoples developed native languages, and at the same time inherited diverse cultural
expressions that are part of our modern foundation.
“We know that we are living in uncertain times, but the friendship and strength between our nations
will help us achieve a rapid economic recovery, reshape the tourism industry, and bring prosperity and
peace to our regions,” H.E. Federico Salas said in his message.
Honorary Consul of Mexico in Sri Lanka, Mohan Pandithage said, “Sri Lanka has always had a strong
cultural affinity with Mexico, be it in our diverse and colourful cuisine, joyful music, or our rich heritage
of art and culture.
“The three historical commemorations celebrated by the Mexican people remind us of the spirit of unity
and inclusivity, shared by all of humanity – a spirit that has forged a legacy for future generations of both
Mexico and Sri Lanka. I would like to take the opportunity to wish the Mexican people a Happy
Independence Day, and I am confident that in these challenging times, the spirit we share will hold us
strong, keep us together and help us renew strength and solidarity to continue our proud legacies.”
- Series of photographs of Mexico landscapes, heritage and food