Cinco da Mayo

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Okay, shoot me. My Spanish usually consists of "taco" or "jalapeno".

    Just saw an ad for a big celebration on May 2-3rd for cinco da Miyo. That just doesn't make sense to me.

    Kinda like celebrating Christmas on the 28th of December so it will be on a 3-day weekend . . :rolleyes:

    Anybody else find this odd? :confused:

    (And, seriously, WHAT will you do - if anything - to celebrate the holiday?)

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    I've heard of it, but have no clue as to what it is...so I guess I won't do anything. :confused:

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    Well, seeing that it's my birthday (the real reason for the holiday comes out [​IMG] ), I would be very much looking forward to it. Alas, at 9am that morning I will be stuck in a classroom taking a Greek II final. :(

    Maybe I'll celebrate afterwards...

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    PS Dr. Bob, I think the only reason that "holiday" is publicized is so the bars can make even more money. I wouldn't be surprised if there are Cinco de Mayo cards in a Hallmark store somewhere. :rolleyes: Americans celebrating a Mexican holiday... :rolleyes:
     
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    Mi cumpleanos es ocho de mayo pero nosotros combinamos las ocasiones.

    Vamos probablemente a la cena o un partido de béisbol de los Phillies o los Riversharks.

    How was that, Abby?

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    As one who works at a university known for its partying, I can fill some information in.

    Cinco Di Mayo is not really much of a holiday in Mexico, surprisingly. It is not the Mexican Independence Day (September, I think), nor is it even bigger than their Day of the Dead (November). In fact, it is just a day to commemorate a battle victory.

    Yet Cinco Di Mayo has really taken off here in the USA, and for one reason: DRINKING.

    Companies like Corona Beer and the booze companies have been pushing Cinco Di Mayo in order to promote their products, especially on college campuses. The result is a very, very cheesy holiday in which people get way too drunk while wearing cheap sombreros.

    Sigh. Like most other holidays, I will pass on this one, too.


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    We have a "church" (I'll be charitable and call it such) that continually raises money via a "food wagon" at fairs, parades, picnics, etc.

    They are advertising a big CINCO DA MAYO party in the main city park, and (of course) selling tamales and burritos and nachos.

    Man, I really DO know Spanish! :D

    BUT HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE THE 5th OF MAY on the 2nd??? :rolleyes:
     
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    Dr Bob, There you go....Being Logical again...It is difficult to keep in step, isn't it? [​IMG]

    I noticed that there was a sign on one of our elementary schools today about Cinco da Mayo. I guess they can't mention Easter, but they can celebrate Cinco da Mayo :confused:
     
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    Is this holiday being celebrated in your area? We have a VERY SMALL hispanic community here in Wyoming, so wonder about the emphasis.

    Just wondering about other regions of the nation. :confused:
     
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    Creo que en Méjico "Cinco de [¡no 'da'!] mayo" no es un día muy importante, salvo en el estado de Puebla. Es un día de fiesta local (o regional), como la fiesta de Jefferson Davis en los EEUU de NA. (With apologies to Abby and any other Spanish experts hereabouts — Spanish is not my strong suit! — I believe that in Mexico "Cinco de (not 'da'!) mayo" is not a very important day, except in the state of Puebla. It is a local or regional holiday, like Jeff Davis day in the USA.)

    Its popularity in the US is certainly the creation of the bar trade and brewers - they need a sales peak between St. Patrick's Day (which is not that big a deal in Ireland, be it noted!) and Memorial Day, and for whatever reason Easter doesn't seem to work.

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    Sorry, my reply was not really on target for the post I quoted.
    In Seattle we have a rapidly growing Hispanic population, but "Cinco de mayo" (especially the beer part) is mostly advertised to the non-Hispanic majority; my guess is the Hispanics are glad it's there because it results in supermarket sales on some of their staple foods, but it's not intrinsically a major holiday for them.

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    Well ya see Dr. Bob, it goes like this. I was born on the fourth, the world found out on the fifth, and after that they couldn't contain themselves and started celebrating a day early, so ya got the three days in there. :D
    I WISH I spoke Spanish! I used to be able to get by, now I forgot it all. Chinese would be even more useful..SOMETHING is going on in China with the girls family and I don't know what it is because they only talk Chinese! All I could gather from it was something bad happened and that they were quite upset that I didn't speak Chinese (they damned me to hell for it, THAT much I got!), but I don't know what it is. Must call the kids dad and tell him to call though! I tried to give them his phone number but I forgot how to count past four. LOL
    *sigh*
     
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    We won't be doing anything but the same o same o!

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    Haruo, I think you got it right. "Cinco" is being promoted primarily by non-Hispanics.

    And I can't imagine that Gautemalans, Costa Ricans, Puerto Ricans, etc. have much interest in celebrating a Mexican holiday.

    You made an excellent point about St. Patrick's Day; its modern version was created in the United States; until recently, it was a true "holy day" in Ireland, although that seems to be changing under the influence of American "culture."

    Now, if we want to celebrate the Day of the Dead, that would be a Mexican holiday more worth commemorating. Much like All Hallow's Eve, but with a thumb in the eye of Death, the enemy.
     
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    El Dia de Los Muertos is very cool (as was the game - Grim Fandango - built around it).

    Cinco de Mayo was a big deal to us Spanish Majors since the margaritas were usually cheaper than usual. We even invited the French majors and the German majors in a sign of collegiality.

    I haven't celebrated a Cinco de Mayo in years, and we're not doing anything at the church.

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    Oh, I love Mexican Independence Day. It's a big deal around here. I just hope the Mariachi music isn't played so loud that I won't be able to get to sleep at a decent hour.

    God Bless You,
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    Yet another pastor wasting away in Margaritaville. *sigh*
    Come on now, let's be a good example to the kiddos and not influence them to drink...
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    Oh Helen, I'm so embarassed. I always thought it was Mexican Independence day. And having you point it out in front of everyone, well, I guess I needed a good dose of humiliation.

    What is that verse? Even a fool when he shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding" ? Oh well, I guess that cat's out of the bag.

    Charlotte ;)
     
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    Don't feel bad, Charlotte, I always thought it was Mexico's Independence Day also until I started researching for the thread.

    I think that it is the way it is celebrated around here, but not sure. We do have a large Mexican population in Central Oklahoma.

    I'm going to ask about it the next time we go to our favorite Mexican Restuarant. They can tell us why they celebrate it.
     
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    Thank you Betty. The thing I hate about getting older is that I remember things a certain way, and sometimes they just aren't right. And I guess I shouldn't get embarassed when someone feels the need to correct me. It's just that I used to be so smart, and now the old mind is going, piece by piece. And I get embarassed. It's just a little hard to adjust to.

    Nice to know that you were here when I needed a little encouragement. I feel better already.

    God Bless You Betty,
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