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Cheer Mexico's Independence in Adelaide
Known to Mexicans and Spanish speakers as "El Dia de la Independencia" or "La noche del grito" every 16th of September commemorates Mexico's victory in finally becoming an independent nation; after 300 years of being under Spain's rule.
But the night of 16th September is much more than remembrance and solemnity to war heroes; it encompasses a celebration of the countless pre-hispanic indigenous groups, the land's diversity from arid desert to luscious jungles and how all these elements, through colonialism, eventually married with Spain, creating its own culture, food and people. Mexico today is a contrasting country with ancient pyramids and European castles, indigenous music and accordion polkas or violin mariachis, the earthy taste of a tortilla and the richness of rompope (eggnog), the sober indigenous clothing and colourful embroidered dresses. The 16th of September celebrates the coming together of these two cultures.
So, for all Adelaideans, Mexicans living in Adelaide or simply anyone who would like to experience this popular festivity, the Thebarton Community Centre will be hosting this celebration on Saturday, 12th September from 7pm.
This family event will have your soul, body and taste buds in a constant high. Dance to live music, meet some of Adelaide's Mexican community, enjoy traditional food and get your heart jumping when "el grito" takes place, which literally translates to "the scream" a moment in which Mexicans cheer national heroes and Mexico itself. So if you are in love with this vibrant country and would like to take advantage of the only occasion every year in which it is socially acceptable to yell at the top of your lungs "Viva Mexico!", then buy your tickets, bring the family along and be part of a very special night in the company of the biggest smiles and jolliest music on earth!