Many North Americans believe the rumor May 5th is Mexican Independence Day. However, Mexican Día de independencia is September 16th (1810). What then is the origin of today’s US holiday? (En español más adelante) In the 1862 Battle of Puebla, the Mexican Army triumphed over the invading French Empire; it was a lot like David […]Read more
Happy 5 de Mayo!
Ready to celebrate? Say, what is behind this US holiday, beyond a windfall for bars and restaurants with a liquor license? (every year except this one, sorry) Since 1863, Californios (people of Spanish descent who resided in California since 1683) have made today a fiesta with traditional music and dancing. We can thank the Chicano […]Read more
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
In the United States we celebrate Cinco de mayo as a day-long happy hour. Parties are fun, but let’s look at the story behind May 5th. In the 1862 Battle of Puebla, the Mexican Army triumphed over the invading French Empire; it was a lot like David and Goliath. No one expected them to win […]Read more