Mexican Independence Day to be celebrated at CSUSB on Sept. 15
Office of Strategic Communication
Cal State San Bernardino is partnering with university’s Latino Education & Advocacy Days project, Associated Students Inc. and the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino to host a celebration of Mexican Independence Day with the traditional ringing of a bell and “El Grito,” the cry for patriotism, by the Consul of Mexico Carlos García de Alba on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 5-9 p.m.
The free event, which is open to the public and CSUSB students, faculty and staff, is the consulate’s official celebration of Mexican Independence Day for the inland area.
“We are delighted to work with the Mexican Consul in celebrating Mexico’s independence as we share a common border and our cultures are intertwined,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales. “In this day and age it is crucial that our countries work together to promote mutual understanding, compassion and respect.”
“We are excited to be part of this partnership that will bring students and the local community together,” said Herbert Gonzalez, ASI senior program coordinator. “We have exciting things planned for this program. CSUSB students will be able to enjoy an exclusive area at the event with snacks, interactive activities and giveaways.”
The celebration will take place in the patio area of the university’s meeting center (formerly known as the Commons). It will also be one of the featured evening events of “Move-In Day,” the official launch of Welcome Week 2019 for students who will make CSUSB’s residence halls and apartments their home for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.
The celebration also kicks off CSUSB’s month-long (Sept. 15–Oct. 15) observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The university will hold events throughout the month honoring the contributions of CSUSB Hispanic students, alumni, faculty and staff as well as discussions of current events and issues affecting the Hispanic community.
The event will feature the commemoration of the “Cry of Dolores,” when in 1810 in the Mexican village of Dolores the parish priest, Father Miguel Hidalgo, rang his church bell and yelled his cry for freedom from Spanish tyranny in what launched the war for Mexican independence.
The “Cry of Dolores” is annually held on the evening of Sept. 15, the day before Mexican Independence Day, with the president of Mexico at about 11 p.m. ringing the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. The president then repeats a cry of patriotism, “El Grito,” with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence who were there on that very historical moment and ends with the threefold shout of ¡Viva México! from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constitución, or Zócalo, one of the largest public plazas in the world.
The Mexican Consulate will re-enact the ceremony at CSUSB by ringing a bell and giving the traditional words joining commemorations and re-enactments taking place in cities and towns, in plazas or zócalos all over Mexico, and in Mexican embassies, consulates, and by Mexicans and Mexican-Americans worldwide.
The celebration at CSUSB will feature cultural performances, music, exhibits, activities for children and a variety of Mexican foods that will be sold at booths. Free parking is available in Lot D.
The event’s sponsors are: CSUSB’s Latinos Education & Advocacy Days project, the CSUSB Office of the President & Cabinet, the Mexican Consulate, Cardenas Markets, the CSUSB Association of Latino Faculty & Staff, Associated Students, Inc., CSUSB’s Liberal Studies Program, Housing & Residential Education, the College of Extended Learning & Global Education, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Santos Manuel Student Union LatinX Center, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino/ Office of Catholic Schools, Univision, Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, Gil Navarro and AT&T.
For more information visit the Mexican Independence Day Commemoration at the Latino Education and Advocacy Days project website.