Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo and why?

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    Cinco de Mayo, From Mexican Fiesta to Popular U.S. Holiday
    Stefan Lovgren
    for National Geographic News
    May 5, 2006

    Today fiesta lovers across the United States will gather to celebrate the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo—literally "May 5" in Spanish.

    But do U.S. partygoers really know what they are celebrating?

    Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. On that date in 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spanish rule.

    Today's holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

    The anniversary of the victory is celebrated only sporadically in Mexico, mainly in the southern town of Puebla (see map of Puebla) and a few larger cities.

    But Cinco de Mayo is fast gaining popularity in the U.S., where changing demographics are turning the holiday into a cultural event.

    Latinos are the largest minority in the U.S. today with more than 40 million people.

    A 1998 study in the Journal of American Culture found that the number of official U.S. celebrations of the holiday topped 120.

    Today the number is 150 or more, according to José Alamillo, professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, who has studied the cultural impact of the holiday north of the border.

    Cinco de Mayo is now celebrated in towns across the U.S. that are predominately non-Hispanic, he notes.

    "It's definitely becoming more popular than St. Patrick's Day," he said.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/05/0505_060505_cinco_de_mayo.html
     
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    I'd say MOST holidays are spread by Businesses looking for an excuse to talk people into spending money.
     
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    Other than a mexican restaurant...what businesses? (Other than those in latino areas) I haven't yet seen Hallmark cards on the day, but maybe they sell them somewhere.

    This article says there are 150 official Cinco de Mayo celebrations and that it is celebrated mostly in towns that are not Hispanic. Exactly who's behind this? Is Cinco de Mayo really more popular than St. Patrick's Day among the non-Hispanic?
     
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    Any place which sells alcohol. :)
     
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    Mexican food is better than Irish food...
     
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    The answer here is "hell no"... why the hell should I care about a holiday that commemorates mexico's victory over France at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862?

    I mean.. really .. how bad does France have to suck to lose a battle to Mexico? :p
     
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    No
     
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    Good one. But do Mexicans really outdrink the Irish? :alco:
     
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    This sounds something like Kwanzaa. We dont have a "cultural" holiday in the U.S.A., so let's either make one up, or start celebrating one that means nothing to the people of this country. :rolleyes:
     
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    Exactly! I submit that that article is part of the left wing propaganda machine pushing their multiculturalism agenda.
     

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