Viva Mexico! Mexico's Independence Day Is Saturday, Sept. 16

Most people believe that when we celebrate Cinco de Mayo each May 5 at our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant, that event is in honor of Mexico's Independence Day. Not so! In fact, this Saturday, September 16 is the actual celebration, also known as "Grito de Dolores" (which is Spanish for "Cry of Dolores") which is an excellent excuse to join us at Mexicali Blues for a little fun. 

Cinco de Mayo takes place to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the French forces of Napoleon III in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Grito de Dolores is the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. After a decade of war, Spain's control over the country was removed, which before the war ended was known as New Spain rather than Mexico.

"Cry of Dolores" does not refer to a woman's name in this case, but the name of the city where the Mexican War of Independence began in the early morning hours of September 16, 1810. A priest named Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was in contact with others that wished to free the county from Spain's control. He rang the bell of his church to call the public to fight, and then gave a rousing speech that started the revolution. The final words were "Viva Mexico!" which is phrase that is repeated again and again at modern day celebrations.  

Today, the Mexican president begins the celebration every year at exactly 11:00 pm on September 15, the night before. He takes his place on the balcony at the National Palace in Mexico City and rings the same bell that Migeul rang all those years ago. He then recites a speech based upon the famous words that began the war. After each line of the speech, over 500,000 people in attendance yell "Viva Mexico!", then repeat the phrase threefold at the end of the speech. 

Once this is done, everyone celebrates in a very similar fashion as we do here in the U.S.A. for our 4th of July. They sing the national Mexican anthem, shoot off fireworks, show off their red, white, and green country colors, wave the flag, and enjoy parties with family and friends. 

This Saturday would be the perfect time to join us at the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks, sample some Mexican cuisine, and raise a margarita in toast for that country's Independence Day celebration. You don't have to have an excuse to visit Mexicali Blues, but it's always fun when you can add to the already awesome time we have here. 

Lunch begins at 11:30 am Monday-Saturday, and we serve dinner until 9:00 pm during the week and until 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Join us this weekend, order up, and proclaim "Viva!
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