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Cinco de Mayo


It is interesting that Wikipedia has had to “lock” its Cinco de Mayo page. I suspect it may be related to the sudden appearance of sites opposing the celebration of this semi-holiday.

In Mexico Cinco de Mayo or Batalla de Puebla, is only a really big celebration in the state of Puebla, where the battle took place.

The Mexican army won the Batalla de Puebla on May the 5th, 1862, but the French went on to Mexico City in 1863 after receiving reinforcements and installed Emperor Maximilian.

It has the status of St. Patrick’s Day in the US, an excuse to eat different food, and drink different booze, and be obnoxious show an interest in other cultures.

Margaritas, tacos, and the destruction of piñatas, that’s what it is really about.

Update: There’s always one person who understands the true meaning in California.

1 comment

1 Steve Bates { 05.06.07 at 5:56 pm }

CG’s pun is an old one but a good one.

We celebrate here by eating Mexican food, listening to traditional Mexican music, drinking Dos Equis and/or margaritas, and sometimes watching Mexican dancers in folk costumes… in other words, except for the last item, pretty much what we do every day.