Happy Cinqo de Mayo
I’ll be enjoying mine with my friends from the PTA at a restaurant in our little downtown while inhaling a chimichanga and having a margarita. This has been our tradition since my daughter was in the first grade. You see, this group of women were the first to tell me that Cinqo de Mayo was not the Mexican equivalent of the Fourth of July (hangs head).
And I can’t be the only person who thought this, so I use my post today to clear up some misconceptions about the popular holiday.
- Mexico’s National Independence Day is September 16th. In the town of Dolores, Mexico, Mexico’s independence from Spain was proclaimed by a Catholic priest. The event marks the beginning of the Mexican War for Independence.
- Cinqo de Mayo or El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Battle of Puebla Day) marks the anniversary of a battle in the small town of Puebla where French forces were defeated by the Mexican Army. At that time the French Army was the best in the world.
- Cinqo de Mayo was celebrated in the US by Mexican-Americans during the Civil War. It has since become a celebration of Mexican heritage.
- Cinqo de Mayo is an official holiday in Puebla, but not a national holiday in Mexico.
I hope I’ve cleared this up for someone else out there. Go and have a taste of what the Mexican culture has to offer from food to music to a good drink.
Feliz Cinqo de Mayo!