Travelers who enjoy immersing themselves in exciting, colorful cultural events will be thrilled by Mexico’s Fiestas Patrias (patrioric parties). Taking place on September 15 and 16 every year, the Fiestas Patrias celebrate Mexico’s independence. The people of Mexico enjoy gathering with family and friends for parties and get-togethers in the days leading up to these important holidays. Here are some tips on how to enjoy Mexico’s independence day celebrations:
Immerse Yourself in Mexican Culture
Contrary to popular belief outside of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo isn’t the day on which the Mexican people celebrate their independence. While May 5 commemorates an important battle victory, the real independence day occurs on September 16. This patriotic holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico with parades, parties and public gatherings.
The Fiestas Patrias events actually begin on the evening on September 15. High-ranking government officials and many individuals throughout Mexico re-enact an event called the Grito de Dolores. This call to independence was issued by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest who incited the people to revolt and claim their independence.
Travelers who are interested in experiencing Mexican culture from the inside out will enjoy attending public events and festivities during Fiestas Patrias. The majority of citizens celebrate whole heartedly during this time. Thanks to beautiful fall temperatures, it is truly a perfect time for visitors to dive into Mexican culture.
Enjoy Fiestas Patrias in Beautiful Mexico City
There is no better city in which to celebrate the Fiestas Patrias than the nation’s capital, Mexico City. A private tour of this charming, historic city offers the perfect way to familiarize one’s self with Mexican history and culture. The site of the Aztec capital in the 14th century, Mexico City became the capitol of New Spain in the 16th century after conquistadors conquered the Aztec empire.
Today, visitors to Mexico City can take in archaeological sites dating from both pre-Columbian and Colonial eras. Some of the most important public areas used by both the Aztec and Spaniards have been transformed into modern-day gathering places and performing arts centers. A wide array of cathedrals, government buildings and theaters will delight travelers with discriminating tastes. Mexico City is widely regarded as one of the most labyrinthine cities in the world.
While it is certainly possible for visitors to wander from fascinating site to fascinating site, travelers who explore with a private guide will have a better opportunity to truly understand the city’s rich cultural and political history, as well as the distinct communities that make up Mexico City. Visitors who want to experience the best of Mexican culture while visiting the nation’s capital are well-served by visiting during the Fiestas Patrias. Travelers will be able to enjoy these vibrant, exciting festivities while visiting some of the most important historical sites in Mexico. The charm of Mexico City will not be lost on visitors who are looking for a truly immersive cultural experience.
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If you’re interested in visiting Mexico City during September or any other time during the year, browse our Mexico City sample itineraries below or contact Journey Mexico today to start designing your custom trip. Trips to the heartland of Mexico start at $1,000 USD per day for two travelers. Be sure to check out our Sample Itinerary: 5-Day Highlights of Mexico City Tour for ideas and inspiration on all the unique and distinctive experiences you can have on your next vacation!