04 May 2010

Remember: Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day

Cinco de Mayo is upon us, amigos. Now, before you go out and bust out your flags, your Lady of Guadalupe statues, pass around the Jarritos and talk about getting your old Mariachi Band back together, remember:

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.

While the date commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862, turns out that in most of Mexico (with the exception of Puebla, where the battle happened) it's not recognized as anything other than another regular day.

Here in America it's taken a whole new meaning though, especially for those whose families trace back to Mexico. It's a day to celebrate the history of the people of Mexico and their culture.

For us Filipinos (the most Spanish of Asian countries as I'm occasionally reminded) we should remember that the Philippines was actually governed via the Viceroyalty of New Spain from Mexico City. (Ever wonder why Pinoys occasionally get pulled over by Immigration in Cali? It's in our blood, Pare.)

In any event, you don't need any tie to Mexico to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but we at FlipFob ask that if you do please do NOT do so by having fake Mexican food at Taco Bell, On The Border, or Chili's.

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