Happy birthday to my daughter Linnea!
Yes, my newly 14 year old daughter shares her birthday with the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Which is kinda cool don’t you think? I’m pretty sure she will enjoy it more as she gets older (21 and older). It’s like a built-in party on your birthday!
Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory in 1862 over the french at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war. And while it is celebrated in Mexico it isn’t a federal holiday. Actually it’s a pretty minor affair for our neighbors to the south. It is celebrated in Puebla with parades, speeches and re-enactments of the battle.
Within the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a much broader meaning. This is the day we get to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage. The day is celebrated with parades, mariachi music, parties, fabulous Mexican cuisine, and of course cocktails!
Chicago has one of the larges Cinco de Mayo celebrations with events and an abundance of Mexican restaurants dishing out their yummy food.
You can have your own Cinco de Mayo celebration right in your own backyard. Mix up some margaritas, make some tacos and enjoy the evening with good friends.
So go ahead and have a margarita today – it’s the least you can do to help celebrate Mexican heritage!
Happy Cinco De Mayo!
Until next time,