Mexican Independence Day is a major celebration in Mexico. It is bigger than Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican people celebrate with a fiesta, or party. The celebrating begins on September 15 (the eve of Independence Day). Crowds gather in the town meeting places of each city, town and village. There are many decorations that are the colors of the Mexican flag—red, white and green—and many flags are used. People sell confetti, whistles, horns, helmets and toys. There is also a lot of food to eat. At the last strike of 11 o’clock, the president of Mexico rings the liberty bell and says, “Viva Mexico!” All of the people across Mexico repeat it at the same time. Fireworks explode with the colors of the flag.
September 16, the actual day, is similar to the Fourth of July in the U.S. There are rodeos, parades, bullfights and horseback rider performances. They eat and think about the independence leader’s speeches.
Independence Day in the U.S. is also a national holiday, as it is in Mexico. Many U.S. flags are displayed, and there are many decorations of red, white, and blue, the colors of our flag. People in the U.S. dress in those colors, too. The Mexicans dress in traditional clothes or colors of their flag. Families get together for picnics or barbeques. We eat special foods, such as hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon and homemade ice cream. The Mexicans eat special foods, such as, antojitos, candy and punch. The U.S. also has parades and special activities in the morning and afternoon, and then there are fireworks shows at night. The Mexicans also celebrate with fireworks to end the Independence Day activities.
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