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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by joespaniel, May 5, 2009.

  1. joespaniel

    joespaniel Unescorted Settler

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    Shout out to all my old friends on CFC! Have some carne asada and drink a cerveza tonight.
     
  2. JonathanStrange

    JonathanStrange PrinceWithA1000Enemies

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    Or as Obama said, "Happy Cuatro de Cinco".
     
  3. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    What is Cinco De Mayo anyways?
     
  4. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    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.
     
  5. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    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. :D
     
  6. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    Can someone tell me why in god's name we Americans celebrate it? At least Saint Patrick's Day is a nominal religious holiday.
     
  7. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    I love Mexicans... they have class.

    Cause you hate France to?
     
  8. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    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.
     
  9. Masada

    Masada Koi-san!

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    Don't say that to the French... they might go and beat on Europe again.
     
  10. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    You don't have to celebrate it if you don't want to.
     
  11. Shekwan

    Shekwan Kim Chi Quaffing Celt

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    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)
     
  12. Bill3000

    Bill3000 OOOH NOOOOOOO! Supporter

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    You don't even have Mexican ancestry! [pissed]
     
  13. dutchfire

    dutchfire Deity

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    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? :crazyeye:
     
  14. Bugfatty300

    Bugfatty300 Buddha Squirrel

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    Incorrect.

    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.)
     
  15. Rossiya

    Rossiya Fridge Magnet Porn

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    That will never happen again.
     
  16. Leonel

    Leonel Breakfast Connoisseur

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    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...
     
  17. musekick

    musekick Loves a good question

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    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...
     
  18. mrt144

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    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
     
  19. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Well, I don't have Jewish ancestry, and I celebrate Christmas, so whatever.
     
  20. Racsoviale

    Racsoviale Smoke me a kipper!

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    I'll drink with you, today is also the day we were liberated from the Nazis of WW2 fame.
     

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