Date: September 15, 2018
Things have finally slowed down a bit here in Puerto Morelos (whew!) and it looks like we’ve dodged the first big storm threat of the season (adios Isaac….), which means we finally have some time to work on some projects we’ve been excited about but unable to focus on.
The first being a new blog feature about life in Puerto Morelos – “La Vida Local!” We are so excited about this you guys!
We are going to feature local events, local businesses and, most importantly, local people and their stories. As anyone who lives here in Puerto Morelos will tell you, the beach is great, the food is good, but the spirit of the town, and the reason we love it here and make it our home, is the people.
And what better way to start than with a discussion of today – the day the Mexican Independence Day celebrations kick-off!
Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on the night of September 15th and all day on the 16th with festive decorations, delicious traditional foods, lively parades, and boisterous patriotic displays.
Mexico’s War of Independence was initiated by Father Miguel Hidalgo who called out to the people to rise up against Spain in 1810. This event is known as el grito de Dolores. On September 15 at 11 pm el grito is re-enacted in town squares throughout Mexico. If you’re in Mexico you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to be in the center of the action.
In Puerto Morelos, head over to the park in the Colonia for the big celebration tonight! There is a huge stage set up for the show, which will include speeches, live music, dancing and fireworks! Make sure you wear your red/white/green, because everyone else will be wearing it. If you don’t have anything, never fear – there will be plenty of vendors selling Mexican themed items to wave or wear.
Also, come hungry, because the food is out of this world! There are vendors set up all around the park selling anything you can imagine – cotton candy, marquesitas, esquites, tacos, chicharron, micheladas, to name just a few of the goodies!
Watch the clock, because at 11 pm you need to be ready to shout “Viva Mexico!” and enjoy the fireworks!
The celebrations continue all day tomorrow and some local restaurants are offering a famous traditional dish – chiles en nogada. According to legend, this Mexican dish was first prepared by nuns in the city of Puebla just after Mexico’s independence was declared. The nuns served the dish to Agustin de Iturbide on his Saints’ day (August 28) shortly after the signing of the Treaty of Cordoba which granted Mexico its independence. It consists of poblano chilis filled with picadillo (a mixture usually containing shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices) topped with a walnut-based cream sauce, called nogada, and pomegranate seeds, giving it the three colors of the Mexican flag, making it an ideal Independence Day food.
Hope to see you at the festivities!
Kim & Gabriel
Run Away Realty is a boutique-style brokerage located in the heart of Puerto Morelos, Mexico. We live and work in Puerto Morelos and are passionate about helping others discover how special our community is! We strive to provide a seamless, hassle-free real estate experience, and, most importantly, to take the mystery out of buying in Mexico. If you’re thinking of buying, we are ready to help you understand Puerto Morelos real estate – a great place to start is our FAQ page – or just give us a call or shoot us an email to find out how!