September in Mexico is always a festive month in preparation for its Independence Day holiday on September 15 and 16, but this year, September is extra special because Mexico celebrates 200 years of independence from Spanish rule and 100 years since the end of the Mexican revolution. All month long, establishments in states across Mexico are decorated in the colors of the Mexican flag: green (symbolizing independence), white (religion), and red (union), and will present unique activities in honor of its bicentennial and centennial.
Mexico’s State of Quintana Roo
The state of Quintana Roo, where Hacienda Tres Ríos is located, is one of them. This beautiful state was once part of the Mayan-controlled Yucatan Peninsula, which became a separate territory in 1902 and a Mexican state in 1974. It was named after Merida lawyer, Andres Quintana Roo and his wife Dona Leonara Vicario, who were strong supporters of Mexican independence. Also influential in developing Mexico’s official declaration of independence, A. Quintana Roo actively contributed to the foundation of the new Mexican government.
In honor of Mexico’s independence and its bicentennial, the festivities begin on September 1 and continue for 30 days, including singing, dancing, eating, drinking, and participating in historical-cultural events. Every year, Independence Day celebrations begin the evening of September 15 when citizens meet in zocalos (town squares) cheering and toasting to their independence with cervezas (beer), waiting for the official introduction of the holiday. Near 11:00 p.m., a city representative rings the symbolic liberty bell and repeats Father Miguel Hidalgo’s historic “grito” or call to action. The people respond by shouting, “viva la independencia” and “viva Mexico,” and the celebrations are underway.
Riviera Maya Celebrations
For these remarkable festivities − not to mention the pleasant seasonal temperatures − September is an ideal time to visit the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This is an extraordinary occasion to participate in a rare, authentic Mexican holiday that includes folkloric songs, dances, costumes, and traditional Mexican food and drinks. There’s no better place to experience a rich cultural and luxurious vacation than at Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park. Special activities will be held at the resort during the entire month of September.
At 12:30 p.m.
Mondays: Soups of Mexico (Alebrije)
Tuesdays: Chocolate Origins (Alebrije)
Wednesdays: History of Black Corn (Casa las Islas)
Thursdays: Chile Tasting (Terraza Martini)
Fridays: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parade (Lagoon)
Saturdays: Flavors of Yucatan (Terraza Martini)
Sundays: Mexican Handcrafts (Pool)
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Mondays: Piñatas (Garden) *3:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: Tequila Festival Tasting (Sports Bar)
Wednesdays: Mole-Traditional Mexican food-History (Terraza Martini)
Thursdays: Mexican Marinates (Hacienda Grill)
Fridays: Mexican Fusion Cuisine (Casa las Islas)
Saturdays: Pre-Hispanic Parade (Pool)
Fridays at 9 p.m. Traditional Mayan Show in the esplanade.
Saturdays in the evening, Mexican Folklore Show in the theater
Sundays, a Mexican party in the esplanade at 6:30 p.m.
Live a real Mexican experience while enjoying the finest of luxury, surrounded by 326 acres of pristine nature at Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park.
When in Mexico, how do you celebrate?