Last week, I kept seeing “Grito de Dolores” on social media here in Mexico. I figured it had something to do with Mexico’s Independence Day, which was Sept. 16. I was right! Grito de Dolores translates to “pain scream,” but it’s actually a battle cry from Mexico’s War of Independence from Spain in 1810.
So what happens in Puerto Morelos on Mexican Independence Day? Well, we do see an increase in Mexican flags around town, just as you would on July 4th in the USA.
I went walking through our little town and saw some families eating dinner together outside. I know there are usually fireworks, but I didn’t see any of those. Maybe Covid had those shut down this year, or maybe they were just in another area of town. We lived in Playa del Carmen in September last year, and I do remember seeing fireworks.
I finally got to try a yummy dish called chile en nogada. I was sad to have missed this last year! Chile en nogada is a poblano pepper stuffed with an apple-pear-peach mixture. It usually comes with meat, but I got mine without meat. It’s topped with a walnut cream sauce, parsley, and pomegranate seeds. The red, white, and green colors of the pomegranate, cream, and parsley represent the Mexican flag. Isn’t it beautiful?
This dish is only available for a short time around Mexican Independence Day. If you are ever in Mexico in September, it is a must-try! The combination of sweet and spicy, along with the crunch and burst of the pomegranate seeds…it was like a plate full of heaven!
To honor the Independence Day of my adopted country, I’ve put together a slideshow of books to promote in your libraries. It’s also great for Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15-October 15 every year. The slideshow is editable in Google Slides. It includes picture books, middle grade titles, and YA. Please feel free to make a copy and edit it for your library as you wish.
These booktalk slides will easily integrate with the library lessons below! Simply copy the slides you want to add and sprinkle them throughout the Storytime or Digital Bulletin Board.