I came across a post the day before Cinco de Mayo that read….”How NOT to Piss off Hispanics during your Cinco de Mayo Celebrations”. This caught my attention as I realized I never really knew why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I always just assumed it was just another excuse for people to drink Tequila and eat Taco’s. So obviously, this made me curious so I did a little research and this is what I found.
Cinco de Mayo (pronounced [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo] in Latin America, Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments.
Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken in the United States for Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain. – thank you Wikipedia
After reading some facts/articles, I began to feel a bit guilty for “celebrating” Cinco de Mayo, however, knowing that it is a celebration of Mexican-American culture, I feel much better, however, still don’t understand why we don’t ALSO celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16th as this is their most important national holiday.
Hmmmm…….to be continued on September 16th!