Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Why do we celebrate this holiday in America each year? Cinco de Mayo is a Spanish word that means the ‘fifth of May’ and it is celebrated by Mexican-American communities throughout Mexico and the US. Contrary to popular belief, this day is not set aside to celebrate Mexico’s independence, but rather, it is a day set aside to remember Mexico’s David and Goliath-like fight with France. Originally, Cinco de Mayo honored the conquest of the Mexicans in the war of Puebla in 1862. In 1862, as the French invasion of Mexico began, Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza’s force of 4,000 soldiers defeated twice as many French soldiers in the Battle of Puebla. Even though the French occupation of Mexico remained until 1867, Mexican Americans were inspired by the Mexican soldiers’ courage and determination and set aside time to remember their David and Goliath type fight.
Due to the efforts of many during the civil rights movement in the 60s and 70s, many Chicano supporters helped to bring this popular holiday about. Over time, Cinco de Mayo has developed into a day to celebrate the culture, achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background, who live in the United States. The great thing about this holiday is you don’t have to be Mexican to celebrate it! The Mexican culture has brought the US an abundant of wonderful things and I am thankful for a day set aside to honor their great heritage.
Does your family honor this holiday each year? My family typically celebrates along with (it seems) a million others at our local Mexican restaurant. Want to avoid the crowd? You can throw your own Cinco de Mayo party at home with the help of Pinterest and the World Wide Web! Check out my Pinterest board for some fantastic ideas! Here you will find an assortment of recipes and activities. I have even made sure to include recipes of the drink lovers! After all, margaritas (and Chihuahuas) have to be some of the best gifts we ever got from Mexico (Just Kidding).
Check out this link to find a listing of Cinco de Mayo events in the Atlanta area.
Imagine It! Children’s Museum will host a fun Cinco de Mayo event on May 5. It will feature a “Cooking with Colors” event where guests will learn about making Veggi Quesadillas with Pico de Gallo for Cinco de Mayo. Reservations are requested according to their website. They will also have other activities to celebrate including listening to the story Fiesta Time! Celebrating Cinco de Mayo by Sandi Hill and making their own Maraca!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!by