Tecalpulco Mexico – Historic Call for Independence of 16 September

Mexico Nostalgia

The Comisaria of Tecalpulco Leonor Carteño gives the traditional call for Independence in a civic ceremony on the evening of the 15th of September.

Translation English:

Companions Hidaldo Y Costilla Miguel alive … alive!

Ignacio Allende alive … alive!

live Dona Josefa Ortiz De Dominguez … alive!

Juan Ignacio Aldama alive … alive!

José Mariano Jiménez alive … alive!

live José María Morelos y Pavón … alive!

Mariano Matamoros alive … alive!

Nicolás Bravo alive … alive!

Vicente Guerrero alive … alive!

Guadalupe Victoria alive … alive!

Doña Leona Vicario alive … alive!

Quintana Roo André alive … alive!

Fransisco Javier Mina alive … alive!

Long live the heroes of Independence … live!

Tecalpulco alive … alive!

viva la Virgen de Guadalupe … alive!

Mexico alive … alive! Mexico alive … alive! Mexico alive … alive!

Mexicans, at the cry of war, prepare the steel and the steed,

And retiemble land in its centers at the resounding roar of the cannon,

And retiemble land in its centers at the resounding roar of the cannon.


Gina Oh Patria! your brow with olive by the divine archangel of peace,

that in heaven your eternal destiny by the finger of God wrote:

But should a foreign enemy with his profane your ground,

thinks beloved fatherland the sky a soldier in each son gave you,

uuun soldier in each son gave you.


Mexicans, at the cry of war, prepare the steel and the steed,

And retiemble land in its centers at the resounding roar of the cannon,

And retiemble land in its centers at the resounding roar of the cannon.

Transcripción Español:

Compañeros viva Miguel Hidaldo Y Costilla…viva!

viva Ignacio Allende…viva!

viva doña Josefa Ortiz De Dominguez…viva!

viva Juan ignacio Aldama…viva!

viva José Mariano Jiménez…viva!

viva José María Morelos Y Pavón…viva!

viva Mariano Matamoros…viva!

viva Nicolás Bravo…viva!

viva Vicente Guerrero…viva!

viva Guadalupe victoria…viva!

viva doña Leona Vicario…viva!

viva André Quintana Roo…viva!

viva Fransisco Javier Mina…viva!

vivan los Heroes de la Independencia…vivan!

viva Tecalpulco…viva!

viva la Virgen de Guadalupe…viva!

viva México…viva!       viva México…viva!       viva México…viva!


Mexicanos, al grito de guerra el acero aprestad y el bridón,

Y retiemble en sus centros la tierra al sonoro rugir del cañón,

Y retiemble en sus centros la tierra al sonoro rugir del cañón.


Ciña ¡Oh Patria! tus sienes de oliva de la paz el arcángel divino,

que en el cielo tu eterno destino por el dedo de Dios se escribió:

Más si osare un extraño enemigo profanar con su planta tu suelo,

piensa ¡Oh Patria querida! que el cielo un soldado en cada hijo te dio,

uuun soldado en cada hijo te dio.


Mexicanos, al grito de guerra el acero aprestad y el bridón,

Y retiemble en sus centros la tierra al sonoro rugir del cañón,

Y retiemble en sus centros la tierra al sonoro rugir del cañón.



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Tlama Boda Fireworks

Traditional wedding procession Tlamacazapa Guerrero. The young bucks hurl powerful firecrackers at the bride and groom. Calderon Brothers Band of Paintla Guerrero provides festive music.

Procesion tradicional de novios en Tlamacazapa Guerrero. Jovenes tiran cohetes sobre los novios. Musica por Banda de los Hermanos Calderon de Paintla.

Mientras dentro de la Capilla de Guadalupe se está finalizando lo boda, el ambiente afuera es de fiesta, gritos, cohetes, risas por todos lados.

La banda de viento pone el ambiente 2:45, once integrantes tiene ésta banda y todos ellos tienen un instrumento, los cohetes son la mayor diversión para los niños como vemos en el minuto 3:12. Los novios por fin han salido de la Iglesia 4:31, ahora ya están unidos ante los ojos de Dios según sus costumbres y creencias, algunas personas los van deteniendo en el camino para tomarse fotos con ellos, unas señoras llegan 4:47 a arrojarles confeti y pétalos de flores con fervor. La pareja sale por las escaleras de la Iglesia con todo su séquito 5:50, vemos que es mucha gente la que los acompaña.

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Battle for Mexico Independence

Battle for Mexico Independence

In 1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, and decided to impose his brother José Bonaparte, as king of Spain (1808-1810). The Criollos found in this circumstance the opportunity to seek their independence form Spain. Influenced by the concepts of liberty, equality and democracy (continue reading) proposed by the French philosophers Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and by the war of Independence of the United States, they decided to start a revolt. It was 1810, and their plan was to start the war on the 2nd of October. Unfortunately, their plans were discovered in early September. The movement was in trouble. They had two alternatives; either abandon their plans, or move faster and start the revolt immediately. Fortunately for our country they decided upon the second alternative. In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Iganacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez- rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty. This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years. Celebrating! And this is the moment that every 16th of September is re enacted in every plaza or zócalo of Mexico, and commemorated by Mexicans all over the world. Streets, houses, buildings and cars are decorated everywhere in the country. On every street corner there are vendors selling flags, balloons, sombreros and rehiletes -shuttlecock, all with the green, white and red, our National Colors. Flags wave from practically every house and building. Lighted decorations are set up in every city, the most spectacular being those of the Zócalo, main plaza, in Mexico City. This main plaza of every town and city is the place where the great 16 De Septiembre celebrations take place. People of all ages come to this fiesta, to take part in the collective gaiety! Food is always a very important part of these festivities. Literarily hundreds of stands are set up several days before and offer the traditional antojitos, most aptly described as a variety of finger foods, Mexican candies, and punch. Punch. ponche, is a drink made of fruits that are in season: guayabas, sugarcane, raisins and apples, and such a delicious aroma! During September, Mes de la Patria, the month of our nation as it is called in Mexico, restaurants serve traditional Mexican dishes, such as Mole Poblano, Chiles en Nogada, Guacamole and chips. During the evening of September 15, people start gathering in the zócalo. Many people walk around dressed in typical Mexican dress: men as Charros and women as China Poblanas, or indigenous dresses. Those who don’t own a typical outfit, at least dress find something to wear in the colors of the flag. Live Mariachi Music bands play to the delight of all present. There are also photography stands where one can have a picture taken, attired with a sombrero and atop a wooden horse! The euphoria is collective and all are prepared to shout, yell and make as much noise as possible with fake trumpets, noisemakers and whistles! As the evening advances, the plaza gradually fills with more and more people; suddenly there is practically no room to move. Excitement and euphoria reach a crescendo at the culminating moment when a government official arrives in the zócalo, at 11:00 P.M. to give the grito or cry of Independence. This ritual recreates the moment in which Father Hidalgo, gathered his followers in Dolores Guanajuato. It is customary for our President to deliver the grito in Mexico City’s zócalo. It is in this plaza, atop Palacio Nacional, the National Palace -a beautiful colonial building where the President’s offices are located-, that the original bell rung by Hidalgo is placed. And this is the bell that is rung every 16th of September. The ceremony reaches the high point when the crowd joins in proudly shouting out the names of the heroes of our Independence, to end with the exciting VIVA MÉXICO! When the grito ceremony ends, the sky lights up with multicolored rockets that shower our hearts with the pride of knowing that we are a free and independent nation.

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Mexico Wedding * Boda Mexicana

Mexico rural village traditional wedding.  Banda La Rancherita.

Mexican culture is all about the family.  When a wedding comes, it is a very important event.  Mexico’s traditions include those inherited from the Spanish ancestry, and also the ancient traditions of the Chontales and the Toltecas.

Godparents play an important role in the  Mexican wedding. They also act as advisors to the engaged couple. At the very least, godparents usually provide the couple with a Bible and rosary beads for the wedding ceremony.  The Bible is for the groom to carry to demonstrate his seriousness, the rosary is for the bride so she can demonstrate her faithfulness.

Before leaving for the wedding, the bride’s mother will usually have a private prayer with her daughter, the bride;  a prayer that must be a form of advice.

According to Mexican custom,  the groom not glimpse the bride before the ceremony, neither is he to see her bridal gown.

Mexican weddings are very important events with many participants. There are  many attendants to the bride and groom, called madrinas and padrinos. The ring bearer and flower girl also dress up as a bride and groom. The ring bearer carries a rope of rosary beads to place around the couple after they pledge their wedding vows. The rope is a symbol of the love that binds them together. The flower girl carries flowers for the Virgin Mary, she who is the patroness of everything Mexicans hold sacred.

The madrina de arras is responsible for holding thirteen coins which the groom gives to the bride. The thirteen coins represent Jesus and his disciples. The coins are called arrhea and date back to the ancient Roman times. The Roman wedding custom was called ‘breaking silver’. One half was to be kept by the male, the other by the female, as a vow of marriage. The thirteen coins originated in Spain. Before the wedding, a relative buys the coins and has them blessed by a priest. The Mexican wedding tradition of giving the bride all of the thirteen coins symbolizes the groom’s intent to support his wife. The bride accepting the coins means that she has complete trust in the groom’s ability to do so.

Other attendants at a Mexican wedding are responsible for individual duties such as carrying a prayer book, being in charge of the guest book, carrying a rosary, and carrying wine glasses for the wedding toast. The last members of the Mexican wedding procession carry tokens for the wedding guests. The wedding ceremony itself is the Roman Catholic Mass.

An organ plays the wedding march; at Mexican wedding receptions. Merengue, flamenco, and salsa are usually all included. A mariachi group may also play or else a trio. A mariachi group consists of two violins and trumpets, a type of guitar called a vihuela, a Spanish guitar, and a bass. Accordions are popular throughout of Mexico.  The town band with trombones and clarinets and french horns and tuba and trumpets will accompany the bridal party from the church to where th reception is to be held, to the beat of a bass drum and a snare drum.  During the newlywed couple’s first dance as a married couple, the wedding guests will gather around the bride and groom in a heart shape. In some villages, the bride dances with the men and they each pin a good-sized peso note in her hair as they waltz.

If you like this little ethnographic documentary video showing how things really are in modern rural Mexico, you can easily see some more.


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Mexico Nostalgia Village Ethnographic Documentary Videos

Juan Ruiz del Alarcón s/n
Tecalpulco, Guerrero

762 621 3747
253 369 2256 USA FAX#


For Immediate Release


Tecalpulco, Guerrero, Mexico,–

Mexico Nostalgia
village documentary videos
revealing the truth
about what is really going on
today in Mexico.

Ten original sixty-minute documentary
Mexico Nostalgia movies are being released.

These videos are hosted
by the Independent Films distributor Indieflix.

More than twenty million Mexican nationals
are presently living in the United States.
The majority of them are from small villages,
and they are homesick for the emotion
and childhood memories of their native land.
These original videos feature regional music,
bullriding, fiestas, local color, and romance.
The movies will be available to download,
as well as for viewing as streaming video.

Part of the reason for these documentary videos
is to counteract the images of Mexico

fomented by the major mass-media
- of narco-wars and of swine-flu – actually inspired
by Made-for-TV dramas, very far from the truth
of what is really going on in this country.

Filmed on location in the State of Guerrero
and subtitled into the English language,
these unique films demonstrate the tradition
– some very hot local bands.

Artcamp IT Studios is a producer of music and videos,
of the handcraft jewelry production
cottage industry of the villages of Tecalpulco
and Taxco El Viejo, State of Guerrero.

IndieFlix.com is a Seattle-based independent
film distribution and discovery site founded on
the principles of community, promotion, syndication
and transparency, providing independent filmmakers
the opportunity to have their work seen
outside ordinary distribution channels


Los documentales de México Nostalgia se estrenarán
revelando la verdad de lo que realmente
está pasando presentemente en México.

Este lote de diez películas documentales originales
de sesenta minutos cada uno
están presentados por el distribuidor
de videos independientes, Indieflix.com

Hoy en día, hay más que veinte millones de Mexicanos
viviendo en los Estados Unidos.
La mayoría de ellos son de pueblos chicos
y están buscando la emoción y las memorias
de su niñez de su tierra natal. Estos videos originales
contienen música regional, montas de toros,
fiestas, colorido local, y romance. Las películas
van a estar disponibles para descargar,
y para ver como “streaming video”.

Las imágenes de México servidos por los medios de comunicación
- de las “Guerras de los Narcos”, y de la “Influenza de Marranos”,
efectivamente son inspirados por dramas “Hechas-para-Televisión”
y están muy lejos de la realidad de lo que realmente ocurre en el país.

Grabados en exteriores en Guerrero, México y subtitulados en Inglés,
estas películas originales demuestran el espíritu y tradición de la gente
campesina Mexicana, tanto como el talento extraordinario de los músicos locales.

Artcamp Studios es un productor de música y vídeos
y un auxiliar de la industria casera
de producción de joyería artesanal
de los pueblos Guerrerenses de Tecalpulco y Taxco El Viejo.

IndieFlix.com es un sitio-web de distribución y descubrimiento,
basado en Seattle, USA, fundado por principios de comunidad, sindicación, y transparencia, proviniendo fabricantes cinematográficos la oportunidad de tener su obra visto afuera de los canales ordinarios de distribución.

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