Happy Cinco de Mayo to all! May 5 is a day that has come to mean many different things to me, yet as I awoke this morning I realized that I didn’t know exactly what Cinco de Mayo is all about. So I did a little research and found out one thing — there is much to celebrate!
“Cinco de Mayo” simply means “The fifth of May” in Spanish, and traditionally celebrates Mexico’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Outside of the Mexican state of Puebla the day is not celebrated much in Mexico, although it has a growing international following, especially in the United States. The day is now largely a day for Mexicans living elsewhere to celebrate their heritage, and they do so with food, music, and dancing. In America, Cinco de Mayo is responsible for the single biggest day of the year in both Corona and Tequila sales.
Many fine people have been lucky enough to be born on this splendid day including myself, Karl Marx, Chris Brown, and Danielle Fishel. That’s right, I share my birthday with a revolutionary communist, a wife-beater, and Corey’s girlfriend on the TV show Boy Meets World. Clearly, there is much celebrating to be done. Get after it.