Sunday, May 5, 2013

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo 
For those of you who follow my blog, you know that I am a proud native Texan.  For those of you who follow my blog from other parts of the nation and the world, you may not know that Texas was once a part of Mexico.  Cinco de Mayo is a big deal here in Texas.  Despite what you may read and witness online and on television, most thinking people in Texas have an understanding about why we are so closely connected to Mexico.  

Many of us of all races and ethnicities have extended family in Mexico.  Many people travel back and forth to Mexico on a regular basis for shopping, visiting relatives, business, etc….  For us it’s sort of like Rochester, New York and Kingston, Canada.  Texas and Mexico have a connection that can not be denied.

So here in Texas Cinco de Mayo is a big deal.  There will be parades, lots of food, margaritas y vino, there is at least one 5k run, celebrations, and proclamations in recognition of the day.  The meaning of Cinco de Mayo has evolved from the anniversary of Mexico’s victory in 1862 in the fight for independence from French forces. It is now more of a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture.  Both of which are alive and thriving in Texas!

What are you doing to celebrate?

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Gracias por seguirnos This Woman’sWords!  (Happy Cinco de Mayo! Thanks for following This Woman’s Words!)

Photo courtesy of the Denver Post

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