I live in central Arizona so my world is flavored by the Mexican influence that this area’s history imparts. It is an interesting thing to have grown up in a place that is so brown but not the same kind if brown as me. I am so aware of the culture of the indigenous and colonial peoples of this area’s history and yet so clueless as to my own family history and most of my people’s history.
This is the conundrum I find myself in most days. I am a biracial mix living in a place that is homeland to neither side of my heritage. Instead of knowing all of the things that I have been posting about Black history already, I am learning a lot of it as I go along. Life seems to have not given me motivation or opportunity to already know these things. I guess that is why I have been so diligent since Black History Month in posting. I won’t always post every day, but I will keep posting at least once a week. Thanks for coming on this journey with me!
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.