Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Today we commemorate the history, culture, and ancestry of Mexico. CINCO DE MAYO has been a celebrated holiday since May 5, 1862, when the Mexican militia won the Battle of Puebla against the French army.

Celebrating CINCO DE MAYO is heavily celebrated in Puebla, but has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.

Commercial interests in the U.S. and Mexico have also had a hand in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages, and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that CINCO DE MAYO has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is in the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.



Linda in New Mexico said...

Hola Audrey.
Happy Cinco de Mayo.
You are absolutely right about the Norte Americanos being the celebrators of CDM. We have a close friend who was born in Mexico City. He always makes fun of us for celebrating a Mexican holiday that isn't really celebrated except Norte. Of course he never has really minded showing up for the chalupas, burritos, salsa and margaritas, especially the blue ones.

Happy day lady.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Happy Cinco De Mayo to you too Audrey. Have a wonderful day, and eat a taco for me! xox Corrine

Jan said...

Have a wonderful day whatever you mayo do, and especially enjoy the festivities if you partake of them.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

I am for celebrating anything where there is good music, good food and GOOD DRINK!!!
Viva Cinco de Mayo!