Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo

The fifth of May is what they call a "voluntary holiday" in Mexico, which is one way of saying it's not a national holiday and it's not a statutory holiday. According to the Internet, it recognizes the defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It's not their independence day, as many people mistakenly believe.

In the U.S., today is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, but not a holiday.

Here in Canada, it's just one of those holidays noted on the calendar that makes you think, "hey, I wonder what that's all about?" :)
For me, today is special because two of the wonderful women that I met in Mexico this past January are celebrating their birthday. Happy Birthday, ladies - I certainly hope you are having margaritas to celebrate!

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