Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by joespaniel, May 5, 2009.
Shout out to all my old friends on CFC! Have some carne asada and drink a cerveza tonight.
Or as Obama said, "Happy Cuatro de Cinco".
What is Cinco De Mayo anyways?
It's the sort of, not really, Mexican Independence day. Mostly a drinking holiday. Basically celebrates overthrowing French-rule of Mexico. The real Mexican Independence Day is September 16th.
So why did they make another holiday?
I though the French invaded but it was unsuccessful. Gonna wiki it.
EDIT: So it was when they won a battle. Interesting to see that its a way bigger deal in the US than in Mexico. I suppose it does commemorate defeating the French.
Can someone tell me why in god's name we Americans celebrate it? At least Saint Patrick's Day is a nominal religious holiday.
I love Mexicans... they have class.
Cause you hate France to?
No the French really owned something as big as Mexico for awhile.
Edit: To be fair, it's more of a drinking holiday to American college students.
EDIT EDIT: Emperor Maximilian I
Ok, more of a royalist-Hapsburg-Napoleon conquest of Mexico than a 'French' one.
Don't say that to the French... they might go and beat on Europe again.
You don't have to celebrate it if you don't want to.
Yeah, but St Patricks is a proper holiday and college students use that to drink too. Although this cinco de mayo thing seems kind of like a mexican response to the ethnic holidays like Chinese New Year and Patricks day. It said in the wiki article that German American celebrate Oktoberfest too, is that really popular in the US?
No they have a new plan, they've really taken this quote to heart:
"Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1794 - 1832)
You don't even have Mexican ancestry!
From that link:
In 1859 he was first approached by Mexican monarchists, led by local nobleman José Pablo Martínez del Río, with a proposal to become the Emperor of Mexico. He did not accept at first, but sought to satisfy his restless desire for adventure with a botanical expedition to the tropical forests of Brazil.
Restless desire for adventure -> botanics?
It's incredible that no one in the US actually knows what Cinco de Mayo was about. 05/05 has nothing to do with independence, revolution or overthrowing governments.
Cinco de Mayo simply celebrates a battle during the French invasion in 1862 (Battle of Puebla) which was a major victory for the Mexicans but the French went on and captured Mexico City anyway. The Maximilian regime wasn't over turned until several years later.
No one in Mexico even celebrates it. Just a day for some Mexican-American cultural stuff and for ignorant frat kids to get drunk who don't even know why they are getting drunk (i.e. every other day.)
That will never happen again.
Happy repulsion of a much larger French force and prolonging an invasion by a year before the French successfully captured Mexico and installed a puppet government...
It's a shame that I don't like tequila and I get sick from most Mexican food. I guess I could just listen to some Latin music...
I did my Cinco de Mayo on Greek National Day, and now I'm making kefta and saffron rice with home made hummus and tzatziki
Well, I don't have Jewish ancestry, and I celebrate Christmas, so whatever.
I'll drink with you, today is also the day we were liberated from the Nazis of WW2 fame.
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