Every September 15th Mexicans commemorate the war ofIndependence which was actually initiated in the small town of Dolores in Guanajuato on September 16, 1810. The largest Independence Day celebration takes place in Mexico City’s Zocalo but also in Queretaro, Hidalgo and Guanajuato. There are many things that happen during the celebration, some of these things are music, dancing, eating spicy food, drinking strong drinks, bullfights, and fireworks. The celebrations continue on the 16th with civic ceremonies and colorful parades.
Mexican families gather to celebrate and enjoy dishes such as“Pozole“, “Pambazos” and of course “Chiles en Nogada“, which is a traditional dish from Mexican cuisine. It consists of poblano chiles stuffed with a mixture of meat, dried fruits and spices covered in walnut sauce, and garnished with pomegranate seeds. It is said that this dish was invented by nuns in the town of Puebla to celebrate the country’s independence granted in 1821, and to entertain the emperor Augustin de Iturbide on his birthday. Since this dish contains ingredients that are the colors of Mexico’s flag it is considered a very patriotic and festive dish.
Mexican food perfectly matches with traditional tequila-based cocktails. The most popular drinks are: the “Paloma”, the “Vampiro” and “Margarita”. The “Margarita” is a cocktail consisting of tequila mixed with lemon juice, often served with salt on the glass rim.
September is definitely the best moth to enjoy the taste of Mexican food.