There are two holidays every year that make me laugh out loud (or LOL for the texters). The first is St. Patrick’s Day. And, #2 is Cinco De Mayo. Of course, many are laughing due to the copious amounts of alcohol consumed on these days! But, what makes me laugh is how many NON-Irish and NON-Mexican Americans have taken ownership of these celebrations. A little history? Sure, why not.
Saint Patrick was a Romano-Briton and Christian missionary. When he was about 16, he was captured from Britain by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. After entering the Church, he returned to Ireland as an ordained bishop. By the eighth century, he was revered as the patron saint of Ireland. He died on March 17, 493. That day became known as St. Patrick’s Day.
On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army defeated the French Army in the Battle Of Puebla. A few years later, the French did take over the country – temporarily. But, that’s irrelevant to this holiday. It’s all about the smaller Mexican Army beating the larger French Army. David vs. Goliath, if you will.
NEITHER of these holidays are about America. But, the US observes both – probably moreso than the countries these holidays celebrate! In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was IN AMERICA! And, Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in just a very few Mexican states…like Puebla.
Hey…we do love a good party! Also, let me make clear that I, too, have been known to partake in the festivities. Though, I do wonder about the future of Cinco De Mayo. With the new anti-immigration law in Arizona, will there be background checks at the doors of bars on May 5th? If I buy a margarita, do I become suspect?
I’m not weighing in with any political beliefs or stance on this law. Mine MAY surprise you! Just thinking aloud…or in print ;-)
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