For centuries “New Spain” (Mexico) was an oppressed colony in the Kingdom of Spain. Fed up with tyranny, on September 16, 1810, a Catholic priest in the village of Dolores, Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, rallied his parishioners with a call to action now known as “El Grito de Dolores.” That event marked the beginning of the War for Independence which would last for more than a decade, and the date is still celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Fireworks, patriotic speeches, parades, music, and superb food are found throughout the country, with red, white, and green seen everywhere. And by tradition, the President of Mexico rings the same bell that Padre Hidalgo used to convene his congregation more than 200 years ago.
Throughout September KOOP Radio honors “Dieciseis” with a variety of programs that celebrate Mexican heritage, an integral part of Texas culture.
Artwork by Dertrick Winn.