Monday, May 5, 2008
Hola, well another Cinco De Mayo has past and gone and millions of college frat boys have used it as another excuse to get wasted, throw up, fall down and sleep in it (as my high school psychology teacher used to say). In order to add humor to an otherwise misunderstood imported holiday I would like to divulge the history of Cinco de Mayo to Y'All and also tell you why Seis De Mayo is even a better holiday.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "5th of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. It is not an obligatory federal holiday. The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 (per Wikipedia)
What most people misunderstands is that in Dec of 1861 French,English and Spanish forces invaded Mexico due to the fact the current Presidente' Benito Juárez had vowed to cancel all debts owed to European Countries. Yes the French were just collecting a BILL. unfortunately the French never known to be the best tacticians in the world led a up hill charge against a fortified position without any artillery support. The results were like a WalMart day after Thanksgiving sale. Quite tragic. However the English forces and the Spanish forces called it quits and went home. The french hung in there for a year and finally succeed in putting a puppet king on the throne of Mexico (Pause for laughter) Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico (Emperador Maximiliano I de México) (July 6, 1832 – June 19, 1867).
Max had an ill fated reign he was born in Austria to royalty ( maybe) and then ,to have the past presidente' Benito Juarez not recognize his authoriti made life quite difficult for Max. While trying to escape a mob in June 1867 he was capture and then beheaded. (Ewww). Must really be depressing to have a past leader of a country go around telling everyone that your not really president and that the Supreme Court chose you for the Presidency and then to make bad fiscal choices.....oh wait were talking about Mexico here not Washington DC... I guess those borders are coming down sooner than we think. Sigh.... well at least we get to have fajitas and guacamole!