So today is Cinco De Mayo and up to last week I had no idea what it was. Yes its the 5th of May and it’s a big celebration around here, or an excuse to have Mexican beer, food and margaritas, but why is it such a big thing here.

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Cinco De Mayo

 

To answer my own question I had to do some research to find out exactly why Cinco De Mayo is such a celebration. There are lots of Mexican restaurants and immigrants around the Atlanta area and the rest of the USA so I can imagine their influence had something to do with it.  But I had to find out was it like July 4th here in the US, St Patrick’s Day in Ireland or Bastille Day in France.

So what did I find out. Well Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican armies victory over the French on May 5th 1862 in the Battle of Puebla. A lot of people mistake today for Mexican Independence day, but that falls on September 16th. Mexico was an independent state some 50 years before the Battle of Puebla took place.

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Battle of Puebla (Wikipedia)

Like St Patrick’s Day, Cinco De Mayo can be a bigger celebration in the USA rather than the country that actually owns the day. When I first came to the USA with the Air Corps Pipe Band in 2000 I was surprised at how big St Patrick’s Day was here so I can imagine how some Mexicans think about Cinco De Mayo being such a huge thing here too. Mexico doesn’t really celebrate Cinco De Mayo except for the city of Puebla where for obvious reasons it’s a big thing.

We will have a party at the house on Saturday with a Mexican theme to help celebrate today and I am sure there will be a few beers and margaritas flowing, with this Irishman having a Guinness or 2. Have fun today, be safe and enjoy.

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