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How to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

Tomorrow, September 16th, is Mexican Independence Day. To honor the 201st birthday of Mexico, we’ve put together below a handful of suggestions for celebrating el dieciseis the right way.

Brush Up On Your Mexican History

Thanks largely in part to beer companies’ heavy advertisement and white ignorance, people mistakenly think that May 5 is Mexico’s Independence Day. False. Cinco de Mayo is celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla over the French Army. It’s your job to know the importance of Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Maria Morales. Also key: to know that Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata did not fight for independence against Spain. Knowing the difference between these two sets of historical figures is akin to knowing what happened in the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Tequila, Of Course

No September 16th celebration is complete without tequila. Personally speaking, we have a bad history with tequila (stupid college), so we only drink it on special occasions. This is most certainly one of them. Do yourself a favor and splurge on a good bottle. A good rule of thumb: if it comes in a plastic bottle and you can find it at your local dive bar, you’re doing it wrong.

Jose Alfredo Jimenez

It’s not a party unless there’s music, and no one’s jams are better for a Mexican Independence Day celebration than Jose Alfredo Jimenez’s. No one has contributed to Mexico’s musical heritage than Jose Alfredo. It’s no surprise that this Mexican institution was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, the birthplace of Mexico’s independence. And now for a song that every Mexican (and a lot of non-Mexicans) know:

If all else fails, Vicente Fernandez is an acceptable substitute.


Prep Your Voice For “El Grito”

On the morning of September 16th, 1810 Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo’s cry for independence kickstarted Mexico’s liberation from Spanish rule. Since then, it’s become annual tradition to start the September 16 festivities (the President  of Mexico does it from a National Palace balcony at 11pm). Starting now, drink some honey and lime so that you can belt out your loudest, most drunken pride yell when the time comes. Ideally, you want to sound like this guy:

Ask For The Day Off On September 16th

Like we said above, Mexican Independence Day celebrations kick off the night before, so it’s probably for the best to have the next day off. La Cruda is worse when you’re at work. Instead, spend it with a little hair of the dog, a big bowl of pozole, and telenovelas. If your bosses don’t want to let you have the day off, call them racist. There’s nothing like throwing the race card to get what you want.

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