Friday, May 05, 2006

a short rant on the date

Do you know what Cinco de Mayo means? Of course you do - you all took Spanish, too. It means the fifth of May. There is no historical significance whatsoever for Cinco de Mayo. It's a way to sell margeritas and salsa, that's it. The actual Mexican Independence Day is in September (12th or 14th or something). So for all of you who, like me, are chronically irritated by meaningless holidays, DON'T HAVE A MARGARITA TODAY. Celebrate Seis de Mayo instead. Or Siente de Mayo, or Ocho de Mayo ...

6 comments:

jonathan said...

El Cinco de Mayo is a national celebration in Mexico. It commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza over the French expeditionary forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

It is often mistakenly assumed to be Mexico’s independence day by Americans, and in practice, it is usually celebrated on a superficial level.

--wikipedia.com

Stephanie said...

Come on now Steph, isn't ANY day a GOOD day for a Margarita...unless of course your pregnant :)

Let's have one the first of 2007!!

Heather said...

I always forget it's a holiday. I don't like margeritas.

buf said...

yeah, what Jonathan said about the victory over the French. I was gonna say that. I dunno why we celebrate it, though. we don't have holidays celebrating random victories of our OWN country, why should we do it for Mexico, yo? I don't get it. -- janet

buf said...

and p.s. back in 2004, Wendy and Carrie and I, with our respective menfolk, had a Seis de Mayo party, and had margaritas then :) -- jab

Valerie said...

I went to a seis de mayo party just last night.