El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. This year marks the 99th Anniversary of "The War."
As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec Empire.
In the early hours of September 16, 1810, priest Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Iganacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez- rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty. This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.
And this is the moment that every 16th of September is re enacted in every plaza or zócalo of Mexico, and commemorated by Mexicans all over the world.
Streets, houses, buildings and cars are decorated everywhere in the country. On every street corner there are vendors selling flags, balloons, sombreros and rehiletes -shuttlecock, all with the green, white and red, our National Colors. Flags wave from practically every house and building.
I urge all compadres y amigos de MY BAD TEQUILA commerate this day of independence with a shot of your favorite tequila no matter the brand or type of agave used. Join Sammy Hagar, Artie the One Man Party & Rico with a salud to our adopted countrymen in Mexico with Cabo Wabo, Don Julio, Patron, Don Julio 1942, Destilador, El Jimador, Hornitos & El Tirador, all of which I might add, have in my Scottsdale home. My bar area resembles a Tequila tasting room of sorts just for this type of occasion. Next year is the 100th Anniversary - Party at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Que tengan un buen dia,
Tu Compradre y Amigo
Rico Austin - Author & CEO of MY BAD TEQUILA