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WATCH: Mexicans celebrate Independence Day with a riot of colorful costumes

origin 1Mexican Independence Day Celebration, September 16, 2023 ©AFP

Mexicans gathered in the capital’s Zocalo square on Friday evening ahead of Saturday’s Independence Day celebrations, which were kicked off by “El Grito” – President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s traditional cry of independence.

It is a commemoration of the day in September 1810 when a Catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo, known as Padre Hidalgo, made the first request for independence from Spain.

In Zinacantan, southern Mexico, indigenous people celebrate Independence Day by placing an image of Hidalgo on an altar, lighting candles and decorating it with flower arrangements