Monday, May 5, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

Senorita Laura

Yes, we will be having a vaguely Mexican type dinner tonight. Stephanie is making a traditional cake of some kind and bringing it over.

According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico.The 2007 paper notes that "The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico."

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry, respectively. Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols, such as the Virgen de Guadalupe, and from prominent figures of Mexican descent in the United States, including César Chávez. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate pupils about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include ballet folklórico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles, near Olvera Street. Commercial interests in the United States have capitalized on the celebration, advertising Mexican products and services, with an emphasis on beverages, foods, and music.

Proud to be an American - we'll do anything for a party.


Keira said...

Viva la Revolucion! Con Cesar Chavez y Nachos con Carne y Juevos y Papas.

Hola Los Dominguez

crashhanna said...

Way to use that one semester of Spanish. Oh wait, that was me.

Suzanne said...

We had hamburgers for dinner. I totally missed out on the opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

I wish Costco was closer. I go get a churro if it was.