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Friday, May 5, 2017

Feliz Cinco de Mayo

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday, 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. Here in the US, it's become so much more -- a celebration of Mexican culture.

Feels weird to be celebrating it this year, given the political climate, the current administration's bigotry towards Mexican immigrants and the desire to build a border wall.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook:

You're not allowed to celebrate Cinco de Mayo if you've been chanting "build the wall".

She's got a point, don't you think?

We're not making a big deal of the holiday, but I'd like to go to that mom-and-pop Mexican takeout place we like so much, maybe get some tacos or enchiladas.

To celebrate the day ...

I was looking for a video of Richie Valens.  the best I could do was Lou Diamond Phillips as  Valens in La Bamba (the vocals are by Los Lobos).  

1 comment:

Liz A. said...

I've never been much for this day. Seems like it's only become a thing in the last couple decades.

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