May 4 & 5, in Holland, Michigan http://laup.org/fiesta.htm
What is the history of Cinco de Mayo…and what does it mean? A simple translation of the phrase “Cinco de Mayo” is the “fifth of May” in Spanish. For many, the day represents a colorful, sometimes lighthearted, even fascinating celebration. But, contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. (That occurs on September 16th.)
Cinco de Mayo actually represents a major victory for the Mexican Army which occurred on May 5, 1862, when 4,000 Mexican troops defeated 8,000 French troops at the Battle of Puebla. (The defeat, which would forever change French history in the Americas, came after Mexico stopped making interest payments to the French for a major debt.) The holiday has since spread from its regional roots in the Southwest to become integrated throughout the entire U.S. and is popular right here in West Michigan.
The Associated Press Notes:
In Houston, ballet folklorico dancers will ring in Cinco de Mayo by stomping to traditional Mexican music in a city park. New York City will close parts of Spanish Harlem and Queens for street fairs as Mexican flags flap from apartment fire escapes and car antennas. Albuquerque honors the day with a Mariachi concert and free cab rides for those who show their love for Mexico with a little too much Dos Equis XX or tequila. Even West Des Moines, Iowa, has an all-day festival with Mexican food, artwork and live music.
Mexican Americans often see the day as a source of pride. ”One way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day, even when most don’t know why,” Jody Agius Vallejo, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California and author of Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican-American Middle Class, told AP.
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year – perfect timing to reflect upon what the holiday really means to all of us. If you have time, visit the LAUP Fiesta Festival in Holland, Michigan this weekend. Consumers Credit Union is proud to be title sponsor of the event, May 4 and 5.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo right here in West Michigan
Learn more about the history of Cinco de Mayo
Source: Huffingtonpost.com and LAUP.org