• David Cruz Uribe, SFO

    Well it is more complicated than the article makes it out. Yes, in the US it has become an excuse to drink crappy margarita slushies (a real margarita is strained before serving), but long before that it was a Mexican patriotic holiday. It was not celebrated with the fervor of independence day, but was still noted. The closest comparison I can think of is Memorial Day, when it was still a holiday to go put flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans. Or think Valley Forge or Gettysburg. As a child learning the rudiments of Mexican patriotism, I learned about Cinco de Mayo and the battle of Puebla and my Dad would fly his Mexican flag on this day.

    • mffitzgerald

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I did read a piece that I didn’t link to which discussed how it became a significant holiday for Mexicans in the U.S. almost from the start, because it struck a blow for freedom that resonated with Mexicans working in the California gold mines. That link is here: http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/sbt-the-cinco-de-mayo-fiesta-20120501,0,3699975.story

      It does seem like it became celebrated far more widely starting in the 1960s, and most of that celebration occurs here in the U.S.