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Calgary Spanish Language Cinco de Mayo Potluck Meetup

  • May 5, 2010 · 7:30 PM
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Paul and Karen very kindly welcome us into their home for a potluck in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Please bring some food and/or beverage with a Mexican theme.

Cinco de Mayo is an interesting celebration. It was first observed OUTSIDE of Mexico, in the USA, starting in 1863, as a sign of support of the Mexican resistance to the French occupation of Mexico.

INSIDE of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico.

The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's victory over much larger and better equipped French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

As many of us already know, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico is Mexico's Independence Day, which, in fact, is September 16. It is OUTSIDE of Mexico, that Cinco de Mayo has taken on the greater significance. It has been adopted around the world as a day to celebrate the culture of people of Mexican ancestry.

Although Cinco de Mayo has limited significance in Mexico, Mexican expatriates embrace and enjoy the idea of a worldwide day to celebrate Mexican culture.

Much as St. Patrick's day is a day when everyone is Irish, and people have an excuse to drink Bushmills and green beer, Cinco de Mayo is a day when everyone is Mexican, and we have an excuse to drink tequila and beige beer.

Although manic and joyful celebration is encouraged, let us please keep in the back of our mind that this is someone's home.

Let us all enjoy Paul and Karen's kind hospitality and get mexified.

¡Andale, andale, arriba, arriba!

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  • Suzanne

    It was a great evening.Thanks to the hosts!

    May 6, 2010

  • Kimberley

    Tuvimos un tiempo maravilloso conociendo a mucha gente de todas partes! Gracias, y espero que puedo venir a mas "meet ups" muy pronto!

    May 6, 2010

  • Cristina La R.

    Thank you Paul and Karen for hosting this fun party and to everyone else for bringing such delicious food.

    May 6, 2010

  • Yvonne

    Many thanks to Paul and his wife for providing their house for this potluck supper. I found that it was easier to have conversations with many people and hope that we can do this again soon.

    May 6, 2010

  • Kim

    Gracias Paul y Karen!! Fantastico!

    May 6, 2010

  • Paul H.

    Gracias a todos por lo que es una gran noche.

    May 6, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gracias a Paul por nos invitaro a su casa y a Kichijii por organizar la fiesta.

    May 5, 2010

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