Cinco de Mayo

In the quest for learning and knowledge along the THPL journey it is great to take a moment and find out about a topic that is in the general consciousness but more than likely not understood or known.  Cinco de Mayo is one of these – it is a day that has become a regular celebration, a celebration of Mexican / American culture.  And while this is a very good reason to celebrate May 5th, the origin of the celebration is that the day commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Battle of Puebla was significant for several reasons. First, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army.   Second, since the Battle of Puebla, some have argued that no country in the Americas has subsequently been invaded by any other European military force. Historian Justo Sierra has written in his Political Evolution of the Mexican People that, had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War and the United States' destiny would have been different.  So, maybe our reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is even bigger than we realize…..

Loving life when I celebrate Cinco de Mayo