Thursday, May 05, 2005

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Happy May 5th Anglos. I've decided to celebrate by taking a three hour Decedents' Estates exam in the morning, shooting skeet in the afternoon, and drinking in the evening. I think it's a good plan. In case you were wondering, here are some fun Cinco de Mayo facts:

  • It is a national holiday in Mexico, although it is generally celebrated in Mexican-American communities in the U.S. on a much larger scale.
  • It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The victory was an important step for Mexico in her fight for independence. It is often confused with the Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 16, 1810, about 50 years earlier.
  • Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.
  • The holiday was popularized in the U.S. in part by Chicano activists in the 1960s and 1970s, who identified with the Mexican Indian and mestizo (people of Mexican Indian and European descent) soldiers' triumph over European conquest attempts.
  • Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston host annual Cinco de Mayo festivities that draw hundreds of thousands of celebrants.

And that's all I have to say about that. . . .

2 comments:

dj skuggs said...

i'm a bit confused as to how a date that occurred more than 50 years after mexico won its independence was an important step towards mexican independence. did the fight for mexican independence involve time travel? and maybe robots who look remarkably like the governor of california trying to take over the world?

NegativeMode said...

the mexican calander actually counts backwards from 3854. so you see, this is actually the mexican year 1719. hope this clears things up.