¡Cinco de Mayo!

According to HISTORY, “Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War…A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.”

As much as it can be a commemorative holiday in celebration of Mexican culture for Mexican-Americans, this is one of those holidays that gets appropriated every year.

Today, we’ll talk about the legitimate cultural traditions of Cinco de Mayo & how (particularly college students) smeared it ever so.

Similar to the 4th of July celebrations for Americans, Cinco de Mayo celebrations for Mexicans often include parties, parades, music & fireworks. But different in the sense that Mexico’s Independence from Spain is celebrated on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is the day to commemorate Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, and it’s considered a local holiday, but not recognized federally. Like D-Day or Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day, Cinco de Mayo is considered an “observance.”

Observance – “are remembrance, awareness and celebration-type days or events that are not normally days off work” (source).

The holiday is about national pride for Mexicans, but overtime many stopped participating. Today the largest celebrations of Cinco de Mayo are held in Puebla & Mexico City respectively.

However, celebrations in the USA are stronger than ever (& I mean with tequila, not pride).

“Cinco de Drinko” isn’t a real thing, but it is really ignorant. If you want to drink excessively, just do it. Don’t use another country’s holidays as your excuse.

& That goes for all holidays ever.

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Spanish is a leading language, with over 400 million native speakers & 9 million second language speakers making it second to Chinese, according to Babbel. Duolingo claims it’s the language the majority of users are learning & it’s the third most studied language in the world (behind English & French). There are more Spanish speakers in the US than in Spain, but that’s not surprising considering Spain is 498,980 km2 with a population of 46.7 million & the US is 9.8 million km2 with a population of 327.7 million.

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