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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.

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Javajoe25 Sept. 16, 2012 @ 9:17 p.m.

Viva Mexico!

But I don't get why the Battle of Puebla is such a big deal as compared to Independence from Spain. I would think Sept. 16th would be the big 4th of July-type holiday for Mexico.???

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K. Mennem Sept. 17, 2012 @ 11:25 a.m.

Cinco de Mayo is more of a cultural phenomena in the United States, border areas, and culturally celebrated in Puebla. Most other areas of Mexico do not celebrate it.

Sept 16th is the bigger Holiday of the two, but nothing compared to religious holidays.

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