Mexicans come together on September 16 to commemorate their nation's freedom from colonial domination more than 200 years ago.
This day symbolises the start of the nation's independence from Spanish sovereignty in the early 19th century.
Father Hidalgo's emotional address in 1821 is regarded by many as marking the start of the end of Spanish rule.
In Mexico City, the day is celebrated with a number of sizable activities like parades, concerts, and musical performances.
These celebrations start on September 15, the day before the festival.
The Mexican president strikes the same bell that Father Hidalgo rang in 1810 while standing on the National Palace's balcony.
Mexico City also hosts a military parade.