Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco De Mayo

Today was Cinco de Mayo, which we celebrate vociferously here in California. Actually, I think if asked most people here in NorCal have no idea what Cinco de Mayo represents other than a good excuse to drink lots of tequila and Mexican beer.

If asked, a few might come up with Mexican independence day, which it is not. Cinco de Mayo actually celebrates the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In spite of being outnumbered almost three to one, the Mexican forces emerged victorious over the occupying French.

Considering we Americans were a bit preoccupied in 1862 with our own Civil War, I suppose we can be forgiven for being ignorant of a day that many Mexicans have considered one of the most glorious in history. But I can't help but feel a little sad that the true meaning of yet another holiday is lost to a crush of advertising.

Of course, I'm not sad enough to pass up the chips and salsa! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Did you celebrate today? Or have you even heard of Cinco de Mayo? Any other holidays you'd care to share with Aunty?


Helen said...

Aunty Cindy

Sadly I have never heard of this celbration living in Australia LOL but I would never pass up a chance at celbrating with exican food yummo.

Have great day

have Fun

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx Helen!

We have GREAT Mexican food here in California. I hope I get a chance to treat you to it someday SOON!


Jane said...

Cinco De Mayo is pretty big here, too. Most don't know what the celebration is for, they only know that you're allowed to drink and have fun.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Jane,
I can't imagine very many in New York knowing the origins of Cinco De Mayo. Probably even less than here in California. :-P

Did you drink a Corona and eat some guacamole? Those are the 2 staples of Cinco De Mayo around here.