It is no secret that I love everything related to Mexico. The culture, the food, the music- I can’t get enough! So needless to say, Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite events of the year.
Contrary to what many Americans think (and what I previously thought), Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that is celebrated on September 16). Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of Mexico over France in the Battle of Puebla, a battle in which they were the underdogs. In Mexico, the holiday is a relatively minor one these days. In the states, however, it has become a celebration of Mexican-American culture.
This year especially, it feels important to me to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and all of the extraordinary culture that Mexicans over a multitude of generations have added to this fabulous nation of immigrants. This year I am honoring immigrants of Mexico and the culture that I adore by donating to the National Immigration Project to help those immigrants from Mexico (and many other countries) that are being most affected by Trump’s xenophobic agenda. I urge you all to do the same.
I also plan to indulge in some of my favorite aspects of the culture by trying my hand at making homemade churros, putting up some colorful decorations and lights, listening to some new Mexican music that I have recently been introduced to, and enjoying a great deal of guacamole in my very own guacamole cook off!
How will you be celebrating our wonderful Mexican-American culture this Cinco de Mayo?