Mexican Independence Day is considered to be one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the world.
Every Sept. 16, hundreds of thousands of people gather in the capital city’s zocalo — or city center — to hear the president proclaim independence, or Grito de Dolores — the Cry of Dolores. The event commemorates the battle cry of Miguel Hidalgo on Sept. 16, 1810, the day Mexico declared its independence from Spain.
Hoover High School junior Claudia Gonzalez, president of the school’s La Voz Latina Club, gave a five-minute presentation to her classmates Friday on the holiday’s significance. And, as one of her goals of the presentation, Gonzalez hopes her classmates will feel a sense of appreciation for other cultures, while at the same time, open their eyes to their own heritage.