Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

No, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. That falls on Sept. 16 and it’s a major celebration that marks the beginning of the country’s war for independence.

Cinco de Mayo, on the other hand, is really a minor Mexican holiday, commemorating the defeat of the French army in the Mexican city of Puebla in 1862. The French came back a year later, and took over Mexico City, but they were eventually driven out for good in 1867 with some help from the U.S. May 5 is more of a regional celebration in Mexico mainly centered around Puebla. But it’s become a widespread celebration of Mexican culture in the U.S. It’s a good excuse to get a jump start on summer and toss back a few cervezas and tequila shots. Leave it up to Americans to jump on the bandwagon and join in on the celebration. You got to love it, another reason to have a drink!

Also, this is like New Years eve for all of the Mexican restaurants. I am ready to go to my local establishment right now and get things started with a margarita or a cerveza, or both! Just please don't forget to tip your waiter/bartender!

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