Cinco De Mayo
Today is Cinco de Mayo aka the fifth of May. Many of us (at least in the United States) have come to think of this day as Taco and margarita sale day, and this year it’s even on Taco Tuesday! Since we can’t leave our homes (due to the quarantine) it’s a great time to make some tacos and grab a Corona Extra with lime to discuss the holiday.
In Mexico, this day is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862, during the Battle of Puebla. It’s a smaller holiday, as this was one battle in the greater war with the French. Starting in 1863 in California, America has celebrated Cinco de Mayo to show solidarity with Mexico against the French oppression. Now that Mexico is no longer under French control Americans have turned the holiday into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. According to the 2010 census the United States is composed of 16.7% Hispanic and Latino populations. This comes as no surprise as they are one of two nations the United States is sandwiched between. Because of the high concentration and proximity to Mexico we are greatly impacted by Mexican culture. Today is a day to embrace and celebrate our differences and similarities. To sit down at the same table and enjoy a meal together. Today we appreciate our neighbors to the south and once again join with them in solidarity.
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