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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But To Mexicans Another Day Is Mucho Grande

Celebrate The 5th of May - Cinco de Mayo.
On May 5th, Mexican, Latino and American people will put on their best red, white and green mood and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But to Mexicans another day is mucho grande.

Americans think that there are fiestas all over Mexico on Cinco de Mayo. That's not the case, and it shows how little Americans really know about Latino culture.

As more and more Latinos become part of our vast melting pot, they bring a rich and spicy culture to the states and you'll be better off the more you know about it.

For years, Americans thought that Taco Bell represented Mexico and Mexican food. When you are in parts of the country where there are significant Latino populations, you'll never see a Hispanic person working or eating at a Taco Bell. They know better. Ask a Mexican what a Gordita is and he'll probably tell you to see a doctor.

There used to be a chain of Mexican restaurants called Chi-Chi's. Most Americans never knew that chi-chi's are "tits" in Spanish. Maybe if they had served real chi-chi's they wouldn't have gone out of business.

Cinco de Mayo (The 5th of May) celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The victory was significant because the Mexican Army was out-manned and significantly under-equipped. French forces of 8,000 lost for the first time in 50 years to the 4,000 Mexican stalwarts.

During the American Civil War, Mexicans and other Latinos in California started to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Today, the holiday is celebrated across the United States, but only primarily in the state of Puebla in Mexico.

To the Mexican people, Mexican Independence Day is their biggest national celebration. It is held on September 16 and commemorates the start of the fight for Mexican independence from the Spanish occupiers in 1810. The war finally ended on September 27, 1821.

In America, September 16th will pass with nary a notice. However in Mexico, the party will be on.

Have a great, responsible time as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But to Mexicans another day is mucho grande - Mexican Independence Day.

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