So far we have celebrated a 'Pearl' of a Day (Oyster Day) and Pile it high! (National Hoagie Day), even finding a way to celebrate the two in combination. Ready for number three? Why not! Maybe all three will come together somehow! Third up...
May 5 is...
The history behind this day is definitely Mexican. The Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. The battle took place on May 5, 1862. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the root of Cinco de Mayo.
Note: Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican Independence, which is celebrated on September 16th.
What Cinco de Mayo has come to be is much more than one battle in the colonial history of Mexico. Rather, it has come to signify Hispanic and Mexican pride, a time to celebrate the rich culture. Outside of the state of Puebla in Mexico, the holiday isn't really celebrated at all. But, in America it is a different story, especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent.
If you read the article connected with the image above, you already know "Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States than in Mexico. Here, this unofficial holiday is almost as popular as, oh, St. Patrick's Day -- which means it's unfortunately become a drinking holiday. So much so that it's been nicknamed, Cinco de Drinko and even Gringo de Mayo."
Here's a thought...
Margaritas are green (like St. Patty’s Day) and they are Mexican. A perfect compliment to the Fried Oyster Hoagie.
Happy Oyster Day! Happy National Hoagie Day! and Happy Cinco de Mayo!