Ah, good old Cinco de Mayo. Never during the year is there a day with a better excuse to drink Margaritas, don sombreros while shouting, “Ole!”, and each tacos by the dozen. But I’m not sure how many people are really aware of what the holiday is about, and that’s why I chose to feature an article by William Booth from The Washington Post about the true meaning behind one of the fastest growing holidays in the US:
“Americans enjoy celebrating Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo. It allows them to wear sombreros, drink bad tequila and eat nachos with yellow cheese, which few Mexicans actually do Mariachi musicians and rodeo riders are pretty much the only Mexicans who don a sombrero these days.
Still, Cinco de Mayo is one of the fastest growing holidays in the United States. For many Mexican Americans, it is a day of cultural pride.
Most are a bit hazy on the details.
It is not Mexico’s Fourth of July. Independence Day in Mexico is Sept. 16, which actually begins on Sept. 15, when the president stands at a balcony at the National Palace, rings a bell, waves a flag and everyone shouts “Viva Mexico!” at the top of their lungs.”
To read the rest of the article and get schooled on what the holiday is REALLY about, click here.
Do it, friends. Click the link above to get schooled on what appears to be a very misunderstood holiday. I promise I won’t tell if the real origin is light years away from what you actually thought. And hey, if it turns out you already KNEW the real reason, all the more reason to celebrate!