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Shout of Dolores in Mexico

The day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores) is a special observance held on September 15, which is closely linked to Independence Day in Mexico.

National Palace in Mexico City, where the president rings a bell at night on September 15.
National Palace in Mexico City, where the president rings a bell at night on September 15.
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Celebrate the day of the Cry of Dolores

Also known as the day of the Shout of Dolores, this event is celebrated on the night of September 15, when the Mexican president rings a bell at the National Palace in Mexico City at 11pm. The president then shouts the cry of patriotism, based on the Cry of Dolores, also called the cry of independence. The following day, Independence Day, is a public holiday in Mexico.

Public Life

The Shout of Dolores is an observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.

About the day of the Cry of Dolores

One of Mexico’s greatest heroes Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.

There is no scholarly agreement on Hidalgo’s exact words, but his speech – the cry of Dolores – was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico's independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

Shout of Dolores Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
WedSep 152010Shout of DoloresObservance
ThuSep 152011Shout of DoloresObservance
SatSep 152012Shout of DoloresObservance
SunSep 152013Shout of DoloresObservance
MonSep 152014Shout of DoloresObservance
TueSep 152015Shout of DoloresObservance
ThuSep 152016Shout of DoloresObservance
FriSep 152017Shout of DoloresObservance
SatSep 152018Shout of DoloresObservance
SunSep 152019Shout of DoloresObservance
TueSep 152020Shout of DoloresObservance

Quick Facts

The day of the Cry of Dolores is an important event leading up to Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations.

Shout of Dolores 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Shout of Dolores 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Shout of DoloresEnglish
Grito de DoloresSpanish
Grito de DoloresGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in September 2016 in Mexico

United Nation Holiday on September 15, 2016

Fun Holiday on September 15, 2016

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