Fugu!, acrylic on canvas, 24" x 24"
Cinco de Mayo (seen-ko day my-o), which means "Fifth of May," is not Mexico's Independence Day (September 16) like "Fourth of July" is for the U.S.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over a powerful French army in The Battle of Puebla.
Like some holidays in the U.S. celebrated in the name of cultural groups (e.g., St. Patrick's Day for the Irish or Cinco de Mayo for the Mexicans), these holidays are not a big deal in their country of origin. Better yet, they aren't commercialized or associated with beer companies.
I'm sure I've written about this previously on my blog, but Mother's Day was similarly commercialized by the greeting card and floral industries. It was originally a day for mothers to protest war and the taking of their sons for the military.
Interesting, don't you think? Things have not always been as they are now or will be.