A Mexican Independence Day celebration will be held at Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. in the patio area of the CSUSB Meeting Center (formerly known as the commons), 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino.
Mexican Independence Day features the commemoration of the “Cry of Dolores,” when in 1810 in the Mexican village of Dolores, the parish priest, Father Miguel Hidalgo, rang his church bell and yelled his cry for freedom from Spanish tyranny in what launched the war for Mexican Independence. The “Cry of Dolores” is annually held on the evening of Sept. 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day, with the president of Mexico ringing the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. The president then repeats a cry of patriotism, “El Grito,” with the names of the heroes of the Mexican War of Independence who were there on that historical moment and ends with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México!
The Mexican Consulate will re-enact the ceremony at Cal State by ringing a bell and giving the traditional words. The celebration will also feature cultural performances, music, exhibits, and activities for children, and a variety of Mexican foods that will be sold at booths.