Thursday, May 5, 2011
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I celebrate the Fifth of May by eating some spicy Mexican food and raising a toast (usually a margarita) to the land down under (I know, it's not Australia but it's the land down under where I live ;)
I wonder how many of us know what it is we're celebrating.
It's not like the 4th of July, this isn't Mexico's Independence Day, that's on September 16.
Instead Cinco de Mayo marks a victory in battle. It's really a celebration of a David and Goliath story. Specifically the Battle of Puebla when the Mexican army had an unlikely victory over French forces on May 5, 1862.
Mexico actually gives it limited significance sort of like St. Paddy's Day in Ireland but we Americans like to celebrate diversity and different cultures whenever we can. We use the day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride.
So, how do you celebrate the Fifth of May?