Do Latinos celebrate Cinco de Mayo? – 5th May in the USA
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Today, it’s a special day for all Latinos in the USA and Mexico – Cinco de Mayo, which means „5th May” in English. Although it’s not a bank holiday and it doesn’t belong to Anglo-Saxon customs, this moment is considered as an occasion to celebrate the culture and traditions of that minority group in the States. Not only do the Mexicans admire its educational and historical character but also many Americans literally enjoy themselves.
What exactly is Cinco de Mayo?
This fete is a pleasurable experience for all Latinos living in the USA. Despite the fact that it is a Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican army over the French soldiers, a lot of people all over the globe mistake this holiday for the national public holiday – Independence Day of Mexico, which is widely celebrated in that Latin American country in September. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not that popular in the land of tacos and burritos. As far as I know, only people in Puebla memorise that event and prepare reenactment of the battle of their invincible army on 5th May. This tradition is mostly solemnised in the United States due to the fact that Latinos are the biggest minority group there. This day is a marvellous moment to point out Mexican culture, food, and customs for Americans. It is associated with encouraging inhabitants to acquire knowledge about their national heritage – cuisine, music, folklore, and history. The festival has a mammoth impact on the education of the society. People, both Latinos and Americans, gather together to enjoy themselves in the rhythm of Latin American sounds.
The history of this holiday
In the 19th century, Mexico was under Spanish, British, and French occupation. Napoleon III intended to take a piece of that sandy territory. He decided to send out his red-and-blue forces to attack Puebla.
5th May wasn’t lucky for France. They lost about 500 soldiers while approximately 100 Mexicans died during the one-day battle.
Since that time people living in Puebla has memorised that happening by organising military parades and recreations of the winning fight. In the rest of the entire country, this day is just like a normal working weekday.
How do people solemnise it?
A plethora of Latinos living in the United States of America, especially those Latino Americans homing in the south near to the border, proudly organise street parades with mariachi bands and folklore music. This day is pretty significant for them. Furthermore, they run some public market stands and stalls with a dazzling array of traditional Mexican dishes such as burritos, tacos, and tortillas. What is more, many street sellers invite American participants to taste and purchase many Mexican alcoholic beverages. It is said that Latino American industries producing these fizzy drinks in the month of May earn nearly 600 million dollars. I was strongly taken by surprise! Such an unbelievable promotion and commercialisation.
To broaden your horizons about the festive, I must tell you that many Latino American women and men dance folk or flamenco in the streets and wear colourfully embodiment traditional costumes or dress-up as eminent symbols of Mexican film life. You can take a picture of people holding pinatas, wearing sombreros, and fake black moustaches.
Not only is this event celebrated in the USA but also plenty of Latino immigrants throw parties in Mexican pubs or restaurants in Australia, New Zealand, and even London, the United Kingdom. In some schools teachers often prepare extra activities about the culture for pupils or organise Mexican plays during the special lessons.
I strongly hope you have enjoyed the post and have had a great chance to keep an eye on the other side of Latinos living in the United States.
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See you next time!