Cinco de Mayo – The Celebration that Started in America

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Cinco de Mayo – The Celebration that Started in America

Breakfast taco dish

Breakfast Taco Starter Dish

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Last year (2013), I posted my first Cindo de Mayo post.  Below I paraphrase part of it :

Cinco de Mayo, when a small Mexican army defeated the French in 1862 in northern Mexico, is quite a festive event and time here in my native home state of Texas.

Wikipedia has an extremely interesting segment of the threads of history this battle on May 5th had for the Americas, saying in part :

“…since the Battle of Puebla, no country in the Americas has subsequently been invaded by any other European military force.”

“‘Public memory of the Cinco de Mayo was socially, and deliberately, constructed during the American Civil War by Latinos responding to events and changes around them,’ says historian David E. Hayes-Bautista. ‘The Cinco de Mayo is not, in its origins, a Mexican holiday at all but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California in the middle of the 19th century.’ [49] The key events were taking place in Mexico in response to a French invasion.'”

This year, I just want to add a few thoughts and some images.

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From the same Wikipedia article, I also saw this :

“It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy…”

My take aways this year are : commemorating the cause of freedom and democracy, and this is originally an American holiday.

Sharing holidays across borders, is nothing new: Saint Patrick’s Day, Valentines, and one could say, Christmas and Easter.

And while it’s also true that many holidays have gained traction for commercial reasons: candy or clothes or cards or, in this case, beer, those are avenues that people have latched onto and accepted, allowing them to celebrate.  As a friend of mine says, it’s the way we roll. 😉

Below, are a few images of a now traditional Sunday breakfast my wife and I share at home.

They are breakfast taco-like, festive, and, when we made them for a year and a half in Vermont, we called them Ver-Tex tacos 🙂

Recently, back here in Texas, we’ve discovered a blended tortilla that’s half corn and half whole wheat, nice!

So happy Cinco de Mayo everyone.  Enjoy.  Be safe!

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Breakfast taco dish plates

One guess which plate is mine and which is Sheila’s 😉

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Breakfast table with flowers and curtains

Okaaay, time to eat!

Happy Cinco de Mayo ya’ll!

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