Shout Of Dolores

The Shout of Dolores is a special observance that is observed on September 15th every year. This event begins at 11 pm that evening when the President of Mexico rings a bell at the National Palace in Mexico City. The President then gives a cry of patriotism based on the Cry of Dolores.

The Cry of Dolores is associated with the 1810 Mexican revolt. It is a cry of anger and sorrow that came from a priest and allegedly began Mexico’s struggle for independence from colonial rule. It is a holiday that is observed from the time that the bell is rung on the evening of September 15th through the 16th.

The Story of Father Hidalgo’s Cry

In the town of Dolores, the parish priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla declared himself in open revolt against Spanish rule on the morning of September 16, 1810. This would launch the Mexican War of Independence and would eventually lead to the liberation of Mexico from colonial rule.

He encouraged his followers to join him in the fight against the Spanish, and before long, he had 600 men at his disposal. This would become known as the Grito de Dolores or the “Cry of Dolores.” Because the name of the town Dolores means “sorrow,” the expression means “Cry of Sorrows.”

Observing The Shout of Dolores

This holiday begins on the evening of September 15th and continues through September 16th. People all over Mexico observe this holiday in different ways, including parades, speeches, and fiestas. People also use the hashtag #GritoDeDolores on their social media accounts.

Where is it celebrated?
Mexico (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
September 15 Sunday
Next year (2025)
September 15 Monday
Last year (2023)
September 15 Friday