Monday, May 5, 2014

5 reasons why Cinco de Mayo should be a national (American) holiday


  1. Promotes cultural awareness—even though Cinco de Mayo isn’t really celebrated in Mexico. It at least gets people thinking about another culture.
  2. It encourages historical (in)accuracy. Contrary to popular opinion, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It’s actually the date of Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. But Mexico Independence Day sounds better. (Note: In Mexico, the Battle of Puebla is actually celebrated with a 4-day weekend).
  3. It promotes the drinking of Margaritas and the eating of guacamole and pico de gallo. This promotes commerce, therefore boosting the world economy. (Note: for my mom. “gallo” is pronounced “guy-yo” not “gal-o”)
  4. It’s already a national holiday, so it should just become an official holiday sanctioned by the US as a day off work. Considering that the distance between Easter and the Forth of July is pretty hefty, it’s only right that we get a break in there somewhere.
  5. See above
Those are the 5 reasons that Cinco de Mayo should become a National American Holiday. It’s importance rests very near the importance of MLK and President’s Day.

Viva Mexico.

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