Colorful symbols of freedom
Written by Mily Vázquez Harkivi, 16.09.2019
Last September 12th, the Embassy of Mexico in Finland organized the celebration
of México’s independence. Two separate receptions were held at the crypt of the
Helsinki Cathedral: one for academics, diplomats, and other members of political
entities. The second one was for Mexican citizens and their families.
The ‘Cry of Dolores’ sparked the struggle for independence from the New Spain in 1810.
Nowadays, it is re-enacted by the President, as well as local authorities in all municipalities and diplomatic representations abroad. Originally, the cry was carried out in the city of Dolores by Miguel Hidalgo, a Catholic priest who, in the night of September 15, 1810, armed himself with one of the holiest of Mexican symbols: the image Our Lady of Guadalupe. His plans for a rising had been discovered by the royal authorities and close to midnight he was pushed into action. According to the site Mexconnect, the priest was not only challenging King Ferdinand VII of Spain, and his representative in Mexico, the Viceroy, but also the caste system and bad government established by foreign-born officials.
"The next day, September 16, the peasants from the surrounding area responded to the ringing of the church bell. They gathered in the courtyard of the church, were Father Hidalgo inspired them with a fiery cry: “Long live religion! Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe! Long live the Americas and death to the corrupt government!"¹