Wednesday, May 05, 2004

FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO

It's funny. When I lived in Mexico (after living many years in California and Texas), I was surprised that Cinco de Mayo wasn't a huge deal to most Mexicans. After all, it commemorated the Battle of Puebla, when the Mexicans put the final nail in the coffin of European designs (and desires) to control Mexico.

My hunch is that Cinco de Mayo is more popular in the US than Mexico because it is more "retail" friendly than other, more popular Mexican holidays, like El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, when Mexicans pay homage to relatives who have passed on). Hard to conjure up buying a six-pack of Coronas to celebrate a trip to the cemetery, no?

Of course, maybe the real reason is they defeated the French at Puebla. Celebrating defeating the French would be a little like the Green Bay Packers getting excited about defeating the footbal team from a girls boarding school. Hard to be macho about that one.