Cinco de Mayo

Jimmy Skaaland, Staff Writer

Last week was the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, and surely you noticed the celebrations.  This holiday celebrates the Mexican army’s triumph over the much more powerful French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 where they were outnumbered 2 to 1.  This was the first battle lost by the French in over 50 years.  Many people assume that this is Mexico’s Independence Day but it is not; in fact, this holiday is really only celebrated in Puebla and the United States. 

 “I celebrated by going to Cinco de Moe’s with several of my Hispanic friends,” said junior Trent Rudkin. Celebrations and parties for this day were plentiful throughout the United States, and it was enjoyed by not just people with roots in Mexico but people of all nationalities.  Something about this foreign holiday has enabled it to explode in popularity here in the U.S.  No one is quite sure why it has become so popular.  It could be the great food; everyone knows Americans love food and this holiday is the perfect time to enjoy chips, salsa, and Hispanic dishes.  It may also be the festive music; what lightens the mood after a long day better than a fast and enthusiastic mariachi band?   What more could you want in a holiday?

By: Jimmy Skaaland