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I don’t know if you’ve realized this, but its May.
YES. Its already thiiiiiiis close to being halfway done with 2015. WHOA.
It also happens to be the 5th of May, known to Latinos and boozy party-lovers everywhere as Cinco de Mayo.
The day where you can walk into any given Mexican restaurant and get yourself a jumbo margarita for a half its normal price. Indeed, an occasion to celebrate.
My relatives from my mom’s side hail from Guadalajara, Mexico. It is the second most populous metropolitan area in Mexico (after Mexico City) and the 10th largest city in Latin America. It is a hub of art and culture that most consider the home of mariachi music. #score
My Grandmother’s parents were married in Guadalajara before coming to California. She met my Grandpa (who was born in Los Angeles, but whose family had originated in Durango, Mexico) when he was 19 years old in Oxnard, CA where they eventually were married and began their family. As they say, the rest is history… well, my history anyway.
Back to Cinco de Mayo!
The holiday actually celebrates El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla) signifying the Mexican army’s unlikely triumph over France in 1867, although it is often confused with another very important holiday, Mexican Independence Day, which is observed on the 16th of September. The French forces were considered “the premier army in the world” at the time with more than twice the soldiers than the Mexican army, making the victory all the more astounding. The battle is remembered as a David and Goliath story that ignited a sense of unity and pride for the country of Mexico even though, ultimately, it was not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French.
In Mexico, the holiday is celebrated as the Battle of Cinco de Mayo although it is not a national holiday except in the state of Puebla (where the battle was fought) and the neighboring state of Veracruz.
But, now you may go about your Cinco de Mayo shenanigans having some good ice-breaker conversations handy.
“Hi. Did you know the French army was once known as the premier army in the world back in 1867?”
I believe my work here is done.
¡Hasta luego, amigos!