What a way to celebrate ... wait.. what are we celebrating? Is it..
Mexican Independence day? Nope
Mexican Revolution? Nope
Mexican flag day? Nope
Mexicans day? ha ha.
Let me tell you why gringos celebrate 5 de Mayo, because yes as a Mexican born in the U.S but raised in Mexico I can tell you, Mexicans don't celebrate that day. They Observe it much like Martin Luther king day is observed, kids in schools get a history lesson on what happened that day and the people playing a part in it but there are no parties and no drinking binges.
It would be safe to say that Cinco de Mayo is an American holiday. La Batalla de Puebla (battle of Puebla) was won that day, the French were to invade Mexico and some say the ultimate motive was to break the union up and help the confederacy during the civil war which was happening at the time in the U.S. Napoleon III was already helping the confederate rebels and well Those Machete carrying indios you could say.. stopped Napoleon from supplying help to the confederates for another year by defeating the french and thus could most likely be a huge reason the civil war ended. Ah Mexicans.. always doing the dirty work!
And if you didn't know what cinco de Mayo was.. now you know.
This Post was written for Bicultural Mom's Multicultural Awareness Blog Carnival! Which will be Published May 2nd 2011 :)