Friday, May 5, 2017

Aztekita & Cinco de Mayo, Why Do We Celebrate it?

metamora Herald Aztekita

I was wondering about Cinco de Mayo and why we celebrate it here in America. I assumed it was to honor our Mexican citizens and have a holiday celebrating their culture. Eating their cuisine, drinking margaritas, and maybe smacking around a pinata was what I assumed the day was about. I was wrong. Apparently, there was a battle, Battle of Puebla and this was a large victory for Mexico try to secede from Spain and the French occupying Mexico in the 1860's.

According to Wikipedia

 Historian Justo Sierra has written in his Political Evolution of the Mexican People that, had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War and the United States' destiny would have been different.

Interesting thought. Well we here in the good old USA love Cinco de Mayo and have celebrated it here since 1863. Although, its popularity didn't really grow until the 1980's. Now there are celebrations everywhere including Metamora, IL. That is right, we have our own awesome Mexican cuisine restaurant here in town. Aztekita located at 128 N Davenport St, I know Coronas are $2.50 today and I am sure they will have other specials as well. So you don't have to go very far to celebrate, get to enjoy some authentic Mexican food, that is really delicious, and support a small local business. Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Here are some other events happening today around the globe:

Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. As in the United States, celebrations elsewhere also emphasize Mexican cuisine, culture, and music. For example, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, holds an American-style "Cinco de Mayo Street Festival",[55][56] some Canadian pubs play Mexican music and serve Mexican food and drink,[57] and a sky-diving club near Vancouver holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event.[58] In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition.[59] and at Montego Bay, Jamaica, there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration.[60] The city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, holds an annual Mexican Festival[61] to honor the day, and celebrations are held in London[62] and New Zealand.[63] American-style celebrations of the day can also be found in Paris,[64] Cape Town, South Africa,[65] and Lagos, Nigeria.[66] Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Japan in Osaka and in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park Event Space as a celebration of Latin American culture. {Excerpt from wikipedia]


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