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?


Kelly Polark said...

We usually have Mexican food for dinner! (which I love)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I never knew!

Rena Jones said...

I have never really done much to celebrate it, which seems odd being from SoCA and all where it's a huge deal.

Have a margarita for me!

Logo Design said...

I think it’s one of those things were people need an excuse to party. Think about how many people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day that isn’t Irish. BTW, Colorado has the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration, outside of Mexico.