It’s that time of year again: Cinco de Mayo.
Margaritas, tacos, and tequila will be had. Many Americans will celebrate a holiday that they know little about which has been the cause of the occasional controversy. I’ll be prepared to get asked questions and provide answers. The top three questions I get asked are:
- Is Cinco de Mayo the Mexican Independence Day. [Hint: It’s not.]
- Is Cinco de Mayo celebrated by all Latinx communities. [Again: It’s not]
- Is it wrong to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? [Yet again: It’s not.]
The quick answers are:
- Cinco de Mayo or El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (Day of the Battle of Puebla) commemorates the victory of a Mexican battalion against French military forces in 1862 near the city of Puebla.
- The holiday is not celebrated by all Latinx communities. In fact, it’s celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla in Mexico (Where the battle happened). Meaning most Mexicans are just having a normal work day, today.
- As long as it’s not hurting anyone or being done in a way that is disrespectful to others, I am always down for some celebrating. I look forward to listening to a podcast on renowned Mexican poet, Octavio Paz. I’ll also be trying to hunt down some authentic flautas and enchiladas with some salsa verde for dinner. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to the store in time to buy the ingredients for a perfect, refreshing michelada.
If you are interested in how to go about your Cinco de Mayo, check out the information below. The Texas Latino Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Brown University’s M.E.Ch.A. group have put together some concise info cards about the day.
Also, Juan of Words’ 5 classic blog posts for Cinco de Mayo lists everything from drink recipes, one bloguera’s Mexican-American experience, and a playlist you can explore. Or, you could educate yourself on how to actually create Mexican art like learning how to paint a traditional amate painting.
You can explore Mexican art in a museum or even at home. Did you know Mexico City is not just the largest city on earth? It has some of the greatest street art in the world and you take a visual tour of Mexico City with Street Art Chilongo’s Instagram right from your phone or computer.
So, educate yourself, grab a margarita if you wish, or some authentic Mexican food, and celebrate responsibly.