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Friday, September 15th, 2017
Comparable to the ride of Paul Revere, The Cry of Dolores (Spanish: Grito de Dolores) is an historical event which happened in Mexico during the night of September 16, 1810, when Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church, starting the pronunciamiento (call for arms) that triggered the Mexican War of Independence. The event happened in the state of Guanajuato within the small town of Dolores. In October 1825, the day of September 16 became the annual Mexican National Holiday known as Mexico's Independence Day. Every year during the night of the celebration, the President of Mexico re-enacts the "Grito" from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City, while ringing the same bell that Hidalgo rang in 1810, the bell from Hidalgo's church was moved to the National Palace.