Mexican Independence Day; Cinco de Mayo?
Trivia question my Latino amigos, is Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day? (No) okay, good answer.
Now, so what is the date for Mexican Independence Day Mr/Mrs. Smart pants?
You had to google it didn´t you.
So 99% of my Latino, White or Black friends be like, so what´s the plan for Cinco de Mayo Omar? Carne Asada followed by the party, followed by the after party followed by more alcohol? The 21-year-old me would say ¨hell yes¨!
But now at 26 years old, I say to myself, what the heck are we celebrating? Mexican Independence Day?
I don´t think so my so-called Latino friend.
So is this a big marketing stunt by the U.S.? Possibly.
I dug in to do some research and came to find out that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day but rather the Battle of Puebla which I knew already from living in Mexico for the past 6 years now.
And to be frank with you I had no idea until I moved back to Mexico after living 20+ years in the U.S.
Pretty embarrassing. And yes, I did get bullied by my fellow Mexicans.
The Real Mexican Independence Day
So to give you a little backstory as to what happened during this memorable battle basically, the battle was fought at Puebla, Mexico, between the army of the liberal government headed by Benito Juárez and the French forces sent by Napoleon III to establish a French satellite state in Mexico. The battle, which ended in a Mexican victory, is now celebrated in the national calendar of Mexican holidays as Cinco de Mayo. (brittanica.com)
Okay so why do my U.S. friends among other white Americans consider this as Mexicans Independence Day?
Perhaps it would make more sense to celebrate Mexican culture on Mexican Independence Day, September 16th, but can you get fired up when you hear Dieciséis de Septiembre! Whoohoo!
Um, not too exciting.
It’s just not catchy. Also, in September most people are in “Back to School” mode and not in a partying mood. The month of May is lacking major holidays (no offense Mother´s Day), and an excuse to party is very welcome during this month.
So what´s the point of this post besides to help my fellow Latino friends distinguish and not make a fool of themselves next time they´re questioned?
Really is just to recognize how we have made a dent in the world with this holiday, we have plenty of bad things we´re known for but Cinco de Mayo is by far the best of them.
Meanwhile, here in Mexico, we’ll just enjoy a quiet day.
So cheers to all my Latino friends in the United States, enjoy a great taco de carne asada!
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Adios & stay Latino!
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