Today is……Cinco de Mayo!!! Ole!



Today is……Cinco de Mayo!!! Ole!

Cinco de Mayo!  The 5th of May.



Honestly, I’ve always been clueless.  But then that could be said of a lot of things.  I guess that comes from me just being ‘mecentric’ (I just made this word up, it means I’m the center of everything in my life….sort of).  Maybe I should get out more.

I’ve really just been a casual observer of Cinco de Mayo.  I don’t get the American celebration part of it (other than the drinking).  But, I’ll drink to that!

Is it just about drinking Corona beers with a slice of lime?  That’s all it’s ever meant to me, that’s all I’ve ever seen people in the states do.  It’s another day of big time drinking!

Why?



What the heck does it have to do with the U.S. guzzlers getting so excited and involved?

It’s not ‘Mexican Independence Day’, that’s September 16th or ‘Dieciséis de Septiembre’.   It doesn’t sound as celebratory as Cinco de Mayo.

There is a coziness between Mexico and the U.S. despite the harrows of our new president.  It is clear that in a non political environment, this awkward estrangement is nothing more than a point of baseless politics.  What do I mean?  Our relationship with our Mexican brethren is much more sincere and respectful.  I’ve found that with all the hoopla that comes with the border wall, there’s a wink from my Mexican friends.

So then, what is the big deal…..I’m really referring to the American celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  What is it? What is it to American’s?


Today is……Cinco de Mayo!!! Ole!




It’s not an official holiday.  No one gets off of work without calling-off.  There’s all those pennant banners in all the bars with pics of Coronas…….some have Bud Light Lime, there’s a few, very few Dos Equis……but that’s about it.

There’s something about the build up to Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. bars that is just so appealing!  And it doesn’t matter what day of the week it is…….you wanna go drink Mexican beer!!

The allure of this celebration without reason is while unreasonable……. is a BIG DEAL!!

The distributors of Corona beer see to it that it’s a BIG DEAL!  It really is what American’s need, another day to celebrate and get drunk!



Somewhere along the way, it will become a holiday a means of celebrating and recognizing this day in America.

I’m thinking there’s probably U.S. greeting cards for celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Personally, I’m curious about the Mexican side of this.  I’m living in Mexico on the Mayan Riviera.  The beautiful Caribbean.  What does this day hold??  Will I see pennant banners in the local bars spurring me on to drink Coronas???  Will people bounce about wishing one another a Happy Cinco de Mayo?  How much effort is put forth to the drinking celebration aspect of this holiday here in Mexico.  Or will it be much like the other holidays I’ve experienced here…..comes and goes without much notice.

Today is……Cinco de Mayo!!! Ole!

So, what is the U.S. connection?



I’m reading to find out…..and it seems like a crock of shit.  It’s just another reason for us to get bashed and naked.

Me, I’ve never needed a reason.

Here’s what I found out……according to Wikipedia.  In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.

Thank you Wikipedia.



There’s much more to Cinco de Mayo than what it’s become in America.  The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.

Thank you Wikipedia.

I’m not expecting any wild celebrations with the exception of the tourist destinations.  Everyone drinks everyday anyway!

In Puerto Rico…….there’s festivals with lots of beer.  There’s advertisements and banners denoting the upcoming celebration all over the island!!  What does Puerto Rico have to do with Cinco de Mayo?



Has the fame of Cinco de Mayo spread further than across America and the Caribbean.

Hey!  Being in the Caribbean is reason enough to celebrate and let your hair down.  I know, I’m there!

Today is……Cinco de Mayo!!! Ole!



Have you given cause to this celebration?

Here’s what I’ve come up with in regards to the American connection.  In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.  In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.  Here in Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

Thanks Wikipedia once again.



Remember gringos and gringas…..it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day.  At least get that right.  And Mayo is not the reference to the condiment but rather the month of May.

I’m coming around to the understanding.  And other than all the posters and banners in Puerto Rico (it’s everywhere) I wouldn’t know Cinco de Mayo was fastly approaching.  In Puerto Rico this seems to be a BIG DEAL……festivals with carnival atmosphere!!  It’s a BIGGIE!!  I guess it’s the kinship with their hispanic counterpart.

Happy and safe Cinco de Mayo!

Peace, love, and beaches,

John



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