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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

A few facts to share with your friends over margaritas and fabulous Mexican food:
  • Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico (we were actually in Puerta Vallarta over Cinco de Mayo two years ago, and there were virtually no celebrations)
  • A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican independence day - not true
  • The holiday actually marks Mexico's David v Goliath victory over French forces in the battle of Puebla in 1862
  • every year since, the anniversary has been marked with colorful parades, mariachi-filled concerts, and a reenactment of the battle in the city of Puebla
  • The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively

Hope you enjoy the holiday!

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  1. interesting! thanks for sharing!

  2. I did not know hardly any of those things - I feel educated now! :)