Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo


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By Diane Forrest

The first week of May is a very eventful time for me.  It is the time for the Kentucky Derby, and although I don't know much about horse or racing, I love to look at the lady's hats.  It is also my birthday, and Cinco de Mayo.  Cinco de Mayo means May 5th in Spanish.  According to history.com, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

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It is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico; however, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.

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This year will probably be an even larger party than usual since it is Saturday and many people will be off from work.  I plan on going to our local Mexican restaurant and celebrating with a fried Chimichanga and chips and salsa.  

How are you going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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