Ola! Today our Mexican colleagues, and some of those in the U.S., celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo, literally, means “the 5th of May.” Many people mistakenly think it is a celebration of Mexican independence, but that day is celebrated in September. From the web:
“Cinco de Mayo” (the fifth of May) is a day of remembrance of the “Batalla de Puebla” (Battle of Puebla): in which poorly equipped but highly motivated Méxican forces of less than four thousand troops, defeated the French forces of five thousand who were well equipped and disciplined. The city of Puebla, 100 miles east of México City, was the battleground on which México was to prove to the world that national sovereignty would not be compromised. On the morning of May 5, 1862, history was written that continues to serve as a reminder that with patriotism, valor and pride, one will overcome any and all obstacles. Their victory demonstrated to the world that they would defend themselves of any foreign conquest. The “Cinco de Mayo” is mostly celebrated in the United States among the Méxican-American population, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
What more fitting reason to enjoy that plate of nachos and raise a margarita? Happy Cinco de Mayo!