Sunday, May 5, 2013
Cinco de Mayo
Here's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in May: Enjoying the Mexican culture with great food, cheerful music and a chilled, delicious margarita.
Out here in the wild West, Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated since the 1860s, although it's pretty global nowadays. This event actually started in California, not Mexico, and came about because of an unexpected victory in a battle against the French that took place in Mexico on May 5th, 1862. A small army of 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the vastly superior 8,000-strong French army. When the Mexican miners working in California heard the news, they began shooting their guns, yelling, dancing and carrying on like lunatics.
And that, dear readers, is how annual festivals are born...
Even though it's still early morning here, I'm already picturing myself out on the deck later this afternoon, icy margarita sitting beside me on the little side table, gentle breeze, and my book.
Ah...Happy Cinco de Mayo!