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Drinko de Mayo

05/05/2010

After doing a little research, I learned what Cinco De Mayo is all about.  Turns out it has little to do with Americans getting hopped up on south-of-the-border hops. It’s also not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16th.  And sadly, it has nothing to do with Helman’s condiment which bears its name.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates an enitely different victory.

On the 5th of May, 1862, outnumbered Mexican forces were victorious  in a battle against the French.  The battled took place in the city of Puebla, 100 miles east of Mexico City (This is starting to sound like one of those “How Do You Celebrate?” Las Vegas commercials).

So what was the origin of the beef? France decided to attack Mexico after it stopped making interest payments on a loan.  So basically, Cinco de Mayo represents the successful thwarting of a creditor.  No confirmation that France’s battle cry was preceded with the following Fair Debt Collection Practices disclaimer? “This war is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.”

So in honor of this glorious day of welching, I suggest we all go out and indulged in our favorite Mexican beer (no doubt bottled in Canada), drink plenty of cactus juice (tequilla), and skip out on the check… The people of Puebla would be proud.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. 05/06/2010 10:02 am

    Its like a frickin history class over here. And I like it.

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