“Cinco de Mayo makes me long for a world in which all holidays are conveniently named after the dates on which they fall”
No matter how you look at it, we Americans love celebrating the victories of other countries. Whether it is St. Patrick’s day, or Cinco De Mayo, we do not discriminate. Now you could get into the significance of this historic day and say things like…Cinco de Mayo is celebrated to honor Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War between 1861-1867, but I think you will lose most people after the first three words.
Cinco de Mayo holiday in Mexico is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla), but here in the US, that is day we Americans consume 81 million Avocado’s and drink several million gallons of Margarita’s. With summer temperatures starting to take hold in most of the country, there are several outdoor parades and activities organized in several cities.
People have this misconception that Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, but infact, Mexicans celebrate their day of independence on September 16. Here is one mis-informed person taking the significance of the day to a whole new level.
So how ever you may decide to celebrate to celebrate this historic and culturally important day, remember the sacrifices of the soldiers when you raise your glass to salude!