Eva Knott 6:37 p.m., May 25
Mexico, which bears the official name of Estados Unidos Mexicanos, is celebrating its 201st year of independence from Spain today, September 16th. Events are occurring across the nation, highlighted by a speech President Felipe Calderon delivered in the rain in Mexico City’s Zocalo center.
Mexico’s Independence Day is commonly known as The Grito de Dolores (Cry of Pain) or El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence).
Mexico’s Independence Day is not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo. The 5th of May is the date celebrating the Mexican Army defeating French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.