Many Texans celebrate Mexican Independence Day. People from Mexico celebrate their country's independence from the Spaniards. It is said that Miguel Hidalgo gave a cry for Independence in his speech on September 16, 1810. Hildago's army fought the Spaniards for their independence but he was captured and executed. Mexico did not receive their independence until September 28, 1821.
Mexicans in the U.S. and Mexico celebrate with fireworks, fiestas, traditional Mexican dishes and desserts, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in cities and towns in Mexico. You can hear people shouting "Viva la Independencia" as they blow whistles and throw the traditional confetti.I've created a PowerPoint which gives more information about "diez y seis de Sepiembre" and important facts and symbols of Mexico. This is a freebie just for you!
The PowerPoint also contains online activities and resources to learn Spanish words and the culture of Mexico.
If you want your students to learn more about Mexico, take a look at the products below. I've created a research booklet about Mexico that students will complete and Christmas in Mexico.
Try a Mexican treat that your students enjoy. In fact, they can help you make it.
Cinnamon Tortilla Treat
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sugar
Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Melt butter and brush one side of the tortilla. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on the buttered side. Roll up the tortilla. Brush butter on the other side as you roll. Sprinkle more sugar mixture on the rolled up tortilla. Place on cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes. The tortilla should be crispy brown. If not, cook for a minute or so longer.
This is delicious served with Mexican hot chocolate!