Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, 2011 10:50am

Today is the 5th of May - or, Cinco de Mayo as we like to call it.  Second only to New Year's day as a drinking holiday, Cinco de Mayo is truly a day of celebration. 


Wikipedia describes Cinco as:  Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla.  The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.  In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.   Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.


However, if you ask most gringos, they'll say that El dia de borracho is to celebrate their independence.  My problem with this is (other than the fact that it's NOT) that America is a melting pot, right?  Well, if that's true, why don't we celebrate other countries' independence days . . . but not on the actual date?


I can see it now, we'll celebrate Bastille Day on July 22nd, Narodowe Święto Niepodległości on November 4th, Canada's special day will get lumped in with America's on the 4th.  We'll probably have to move our Independence Day to the 9th or something . . .July is looking to be a pretty drunken month.


If we all work together we can probably convince congress to make them national holidays warranting yet ANOTHER day off for our poor & tired masses.  Attach a multi-trillion dollar spending bill to it and it'll FLY through without an opponent.


As for 360 Adventures, we've schedule a series of competitions:  we'll have guacamole wrestling (bring your chips), tequila shooter contests (I already have a headache thinking about it), and a tamale making party.


Oh, and lastly - to all of you employers out there . . .don't be an @$$hole . . .give your underpaid employees the morning off!  We're fostering international relations for Dio's sake.


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