While 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?
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.