Do You Know Anything About The Cinco De Mayo Celebration?

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  1. Lon Tanner

    Lon Tanner Well-Known Member
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    I wonder how many Mexicans living in the U.S. know. I might ask as well How many native born Americans know why the 4th of July is celebrated.
     
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    Sure I know the history etc. of Cinco de Mayo- but I'm not Mexican/Hispanic. And yes, the 4th of July, too.
     
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    I know nothing about cinco de mayo and don't really care. If I were going to move to Mexico I would make the effort to learn their customs as those who move here should learn ours.
     
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    It's a big thing here in California.

    It's also my grandmothers birthday. :)
     
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    I'm not a history buff nor Mexican but I googled it out of curiosity myself.

    Cinco de Mayo is celebrated for the Mexican Army's win over France in 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.

    Fourth of July aka Independence Day in the US is celebrated when the first 13 colonies of the US claimed independence from France on July 4, 1776. Of course I knew this my most of my life:rolleyes:.
     
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    We definitely enjoy the evening!! Head to a local Mexican Restaurant for a good dinner and one or two margaritas. The restaurant has two parking lots and one of them is roped off for a DJ and customers to watch traditional Mexican dancing and Mexican people dressed in Aztec Indian attire and dance. There is also a Mexican singer inside the restaurant in traditional Mexican Mariachi dress singing. It's a very enjoyable evening, if the weather is right outside for the dancers. There are so many people that come to this, that local law enforcement has to direct traffic.
     
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    Many of us Anglos living in the south west and west coast know what Cinco de Mayo is all about. Do you feel the same way about St. Patrick's Day Sheldon?
     
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    My congats on your curiosity Von
     
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    I didn't know anything about it until now...but it's also my Husbands' birthday
     
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    I lived on the Texas-Mexico border for more than twenty years and, of course, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated there, but I didn't get the idea that very many people knew the history behind it, beyond possibly recognizing it as being the Mexican independence day. Mostly, it's used as a celebration of Mexican culture, much as the 4th of July is merely an expression of patriotism and a reason for fireworks for most Americans.
     
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    Back at you @Lon Tanner.

    My curiousity to find out about things has surprised a lot of people who know me. Even if it's just a small fact I see eyebrows raise, it's funny.
     
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    One thing for sure, wife, her girlfriend and husband and myself sure had a blast last night. Couple of free shots of some kind of "kick-butt" Tequila, three small (plastic cups) margarita's for each of us, descent dinner, live Mexican music and dancers and live Aztec Indian costumed Mexican dancers do the Fire Dance. All we can say is.........."what an evening!"
     
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    LOL>:D

    ..nice to see you @Von Jones , i was just thinking we haven't seen much of you lately, I wondered if you were ok... :)
     
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    Thanks @Holly Saunders.
    Yes, I'm here and pop in every now and then. I've been busy doing DIY projects that were put off because of the shingles. I'd say I'm at 98% recuperated now:).
     
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    Ooooh I'm so sorry, I'd forgotten you'd got the shingles... but I'm happy that you're almost recovered now...it must have been an awful few months for you...
     
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    Me too. Relief didn't come until late July where I felt I could do without any pain reliever. I just use a heating pad for my left shoulder and arm now. There are still some affects but only when I have worked up a sweat so I've learned to pace myself when engaging in my projects to prevent that from occurring.
     
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    Good, I'm so pleased you are doing better and hopefully you'll never have a recurrence... and I can sympathise with the shoulder heat pad... not that I've had shingles but currently I have rotator cuff tendinitis in both shoulders so my heat pad is worth more than Gold dust to me..
     
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    1. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776.

    On July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence. The delegates then spent the next two days debating and revising the language of a statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, and as a result the date is celebrated as Independence Day. Nearly a month would go by, however, before the actual signing of the document took place. First, New York’s delegates didn’t officially give their support until July 9 because their home assembly hadn’t yet authorized them to vote in favor of independence. Next, it took two weeks for the Declaration to be “engrossed”—written on parchment in a clear hand. Most of the delegates signed on August 2, but several—Elbridge Gerry, Oliver Wolcott, Lewis Morris, Thomas McKean and Matthew Thornton—signed on a later date. (Two others, John Dickinson and Robert R. Livingston, never signed at all.) The signed parchment copy now resides at the National Archives in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, alongside the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    From www.history.com
     
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    CincodeMayo—or the fifth of May—is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). It is celebrated in Mexico, throughout New Mexico and wherever Mexicans live or congregate in the U.S. I have been to a couple of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in San Antonio. They are quite a blow out. I don't celebrate the this occasion but it is part of the Mexican history and culture to do so. I say let her rip, enjoy, have a good time as we sometimes do on July 4th. Everyone needs something to celebrate and to remember the old cultures and the old ways.
     
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    A little late but... Most Mexicans I encountered within Mexico were not aware of the significance of the date. But then you would be hard pressed to get an answer as to why a statue of Lincoln is in Tijuana (and other cities).
     
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