I don’t really have much to say today, but I didn’t want to slack off like I did yesterday, missing both Star Wars day and the anniversary of the Kent State Shootings (I still might post on that one). Today’s holiday is pretty much an American invention, even if the day does have historical significance. It’s still not Mexican Independence Day, though.
But if you feel so inclined, have a margarita or two and make tacos for dinner. Celebrate because celebrating is fun.
Cinco de Mayo has essentially become yet another excuse to get drunk and act stupid. I’m not gonna get drunk. I might act stupid, but that’s always a possibility. But I am gonna listen to some awesome music.
This song doesn’t have any special association with Cinco de Mayo that I know of; I’m just rather fond of it. The holiday itself is often terribly misunderstood. Many people seem to believe that this is Mexican Independence day (it’s not), although it is used as a celebration of freedom. The battle commemorated by today was in the state of Puebla; the Mexican army won an unexpected victory over occupying French forces, and it represented a huge moral boost for Mexican freedom in the chaotic years after that country’s civil wars. (I’m not an expert about Mexican history, but I know the country was a mess for a long time after independence. It wasn’t until fairly recently I even knew the French occupied the country at all.) The victory represented the final time a European country attempted to invade a country in the Americas.
That’s reason enough to celebrate for me. Party responsibly, though, folks. If you drink tequila, remember that it’s strong stuff.