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!