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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.

Is Shout of Dolores a Public Holiday?

Shout of Dolores is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, September 15, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Mexico.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010WedSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2011ThuSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2012SatSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2013SunSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2014MonSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2015TueSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2016ThuSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2017FriSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2018SatSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2019SunSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance
2020TueSep 15Shout of DoloresObservance

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