Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Mayakoba – where the spirit and culture of Mexico comes alive every September 16th. One of Mexico’s most sacred holidays, Día de la Independencia commemorates the “cry of independence” on September 16th, 1810, when the people of the town of Dolores revolted against the Spaniards.
According to Mexican folklore, Father Miguel Hidalgo went into the parish church, rang the bell, and gave a passionate speech that inspired the people to revolt against the Spanish regime. This moment pushed the country to fight for 11 years and Mexican independence was won in August 1921. Honoring Hidalgo’s outcry for freedom, this day is a festive nationwide celebration.
How to Celebrate – Food, Fireworks and Fiestas
Every year, the people of Mexico celebrate this significant holiday with food, music, fireworks, parades, fiestas, and dance performances. Cities and town squares across the country have reenactments, flowers, decorations – in red, white and green – and people waving the Mexican flag. Whistles and horns are blown and crowds shout “Viva Mexico” and “Viva la Independencia”.
If you really want to embrace the flavors of Mexico, dig into the food. Holiday favorites are tacos, tamales, queso fundido, and birria de borrego (spiced roasted lamb). For something hearty, try a bowl of pozole. The most traditional Mexican dish on Independence Day, this spicy pork broth is made with hominy and pork and topped with radish, lime juice and chili sauce.
You can eat the colors of the Mexican flag with a Chile en Nogada (poblano chiles stuffed with meat) with fresh green parsley, white walnut cream sauce, and red pomegranate seeds.
Top 5 Mexican Independence Day Drinks
On Mexican Independence Day, locals and travelers are all relaxing with classic cocktails and ice-cold drinks. At Fairmont Mayakoba, the mixologists are shaking and stirring these popular holiday libations:
· Classic Margarita – Mexican tequila, fresh limejuice, triple sec, fresh lime slice and salt on the rim.
· Banderita – Three shots that represents the 3 colors of the Mexican flag; one of limejuice, one of white Tequila, and the third one of Sangrita (a mix of tomato juice, tabasco, spices, and orange juice) – perfect for Mexican Independence Day.
- Tequila – Toast on this national holiday with Mexico’s most famous spirit. Sip a blanco, reposado or añejo tequila. Lime and salt optional.
- Micheladas – Beer mixed with tomato juice, lime juice, Tabasco or hot sauce, spices, chiles, and ice and served in a glass with salt on the rim.
- Pulque – This traditional drink from central Mexico is made from the fermented sap of the agave plant, has the color of milk and a unique sour taste.
- Mezcal – Indulge in the smokey flavors of this distilled spirit made from agave mash, mostly produced in Oaxaca.
Fairmont Mayakoba and the Spirit of Mexico
Edging the white sands and jungle of Riviera Maya on the Caribbean Sea, Fairmont Mayokoba is a destination where discovery comes naturally. It’s a place immersed in Mexican culture, from the food and drink to arts and entertainment.
Party with us this Mexican Independence Day with food and drinks in our restaurants and bars. Sip a margarita or tequila with lime at HIX Bar, our hacienda lounge and terrace overlooking the mangroves. Enjoy tequilas and elevated Mexican fare at Brisas Coastal Grill and Bar, serving meats and fresh seafood cooked on an open fire. Try the whole fried fish with handmade tortillas or fillet with esquites. Viva Mexico!