Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2008

I love Cinco de Mayo. It gives me an excuse to have a Margarita in the middle of the work week. It seems like such a fun non-holiday. But does anybody really know what the Cinco de mayo is all about?

According to Wikipedia Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is primarily a regional and not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico.The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day; Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Have a Margarita and some Guacamole on me.