Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

trollbeads-cinco-de-mayo-braceletWhile today is not Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is primarily an American holiday used to celebrate Mexican tradition and heritage. On May 5th, 1862 the smaller Mexican forces defeated the larger French army at the Battle of Puebla which is what this holiday commemorates.  The battle had consequences for the United States as well because it prevented the French from resupplying the Confederacy while fighting the Civil War, allowing the Union to concentrate on winning the war.  Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has grown in popularity since that time and now nearly every schoolchild knows the significance of this day.

As for how we celebrate, it seems like every cultural holiday turns into an excuse to drink for Americans, lol.  Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day…mainly it’s a great opportunity to gather and party.  I always celebrated Cinco de Mayo in school and every once in a while as an adult.  I love using my bracelets to mark the occasion and for this fiesta I used the colors of the Mexican flag: green, red, and white.  It’s been a gorgeous weekend so far, and I know a ton of people are hosting parties today based all the supplies being bought at Costco when I went yesterday.  Are you doing anything exciting to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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Bead index (starting from left): Mexico lock (retired), cream dillo, happy fish, unique green hearts, winter, unique red glitter, white stripes, unique green and white hearts/flowers, *redbalifrog* sugar skull, white triple pearls, unique red glitter, spirit freedom, unique green fern, WT Switzerland mountain crystal, PAXSUZbeads prayer wheel, unique red glitter, unique green dots, rosary, LE Christmas 2011 red tinsel, earth, endless, milky quartz.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005132589331 Geertje Hoogenboom

    Funny, I didn’t know this. Probably because we celebrate our freedom here in Holland at the fifth of May, as a way of remembering that it could have been quite different because of WWII.
    Lovely bracelet

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      That’s interesting! So it’s the Holland Independence Day? What’s the tradition to celebrate? 🙂

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003267437620 Tanya Flynn

    Wow, this is a gorgeous bracelet! Love the colours and the reason behind it!

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      Thanks, Tanya! It’s always fun to celebrate with beads. 😉

  • Aida

    As a child from the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, I always celebrated in the month of November, known to some as Puerto Rican discovery month but little is heard of this event, here on the main land. Christopher Columbus founded the island on November 19, 1493, on a return voyage to the new Americas. Thinking he had landed on the same land, he moored his ships there before realizing he was on new soil. The island is part of the chain of islands known as the Greater Antilles. Now unincorporated territory of the United States, the island celebrates the entire month and nearly every major city has a plaza named after him. I find it strange that the US would go hog-wild over 5 de Mayo and not over one of its’ own land holdings.

    • http://charmsaddict.com Leann

      That’s really interesting! We’ve got Columbus Day but it’s not widely celebrated.

  • Gail Breamer

    Hi Leann
    I have a question for you that does not have anything to do with this blog. I recently went to the US for a couple of days and I stopped at a Jared’s Jewler store so I could get the little bouquet charm. They were so lovely and held one for me and I ended up spending over $400 dollars. I shall get to my point when you first told us about the charm I believe there was a story behind it. If this is the case would there be any way I could get it. I believe that it had to do with 10 years of something. I hope I am not wrong . Thank you again for all your hard work you do to keep us updated. Gail