Dolores Hidalgo: Cradle of Mexican Independence

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Catedral de Dolores Hidalgo
Pic by JJ Figueroa

September is Mexican Independence month when Mexican streets don the green, white, and red of the Mexican flag and Mexicans take pride in their great nation.  Families are getting ready for the big celebration Mexicans call “El Grito” tonight.

I know my family in Mexico is, they will salute the Mexican flag, sing the Mexican Anthem, play Loteria (Mexican Bingo) and they will eat, si Senor!  Each year is something different, enchiladas, pozole, chiles en nogada, yummy!

My family feels even more proud because it is Guanajuatense. In Guanajuato State, specifically in the town of Dolores Hidalgo on September 16th, 1810, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores and, with his famous “Grito de Dolores,” Mexican Independence was on its way.

Every year a celebration takes place in Dolores Hidalgo and the Mexican President comes at least once during his government’s term to do “El Grito” from the same spot where Don Miguel did it more then 200 years ago.

The quiet town of about 60,000 folks is located in picturesque Guanajuato State right in the center of the country.  In 2002, Dolores Hidalgo became a part of Pueblos Magicos (you can read about it here), a very deserving honor.

Its quaint yet historical streets, its great weather, its wonderful food, and its world-famous pottery (Talavera de Dolores) do make it magical.

Let me show you some pics:

This is the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores, in the lower part of the picture you can see an eagle, in Mexico, you will see this symbol in every site that is part of the Mexican Independence path.

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Dolores
Pic by Randall Sheppard

The creator of this pic says it was taken outside of the Parroquia, this would had been the view Miguel Hidalgo had when he talked to the people of Dolores.

Dolores Hidalgo, plaza principal
Pic by Aldo Castellanos

In Dolores Hidalgo,  a spectacular variety of ice cream flavors are found like in no other place, including mole, aguacate (avocado), tequila, elote (corn), beer, and many more!

Pic by Cameron Nordholm

Here you have a couple of pictures of the colorful Talavera de Dolores you can find around town.

Artesanias
Pic by JJ Figueroa
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Pic by Cameron Nordholm

Isn´t it beautiful?  VIVA MEXICO!

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Unknown Mami

I want to try an helado de elote.

CancunCanuck

Gorgeous photos and lovely post! I really want to visit Guanajuato! I have a friend who was living there for a while and they simply loved it. Thanks for the post!

Laura in Cancun

I’ve always wanted to visit Guanajuato! I hear such great things about it.

I play Loteria with my friends from time to time… but you have to do the voice. (“Eeeeeel Cangrejoooo… Laaaaaa Sirenaaaa…”)

craig zabransky

It is beautiful indeed. Lovely images. I need to get myself to Dolores Hidalgo one day soon. Viva Mexico!
stay adventurous, Craig

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