Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Kittens appropriate Cinco de Mayo



Cinco de Mayo in Latin America, Spanish for "Fifth of May", is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory of the smaller Mexican force against a larger French force was a boost to morale for the Mexicans. A year after the battle, a larger French force defeated Zaragoza at the Second Battle of Puebla, and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. Today, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.

In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades or battle reenactments. The city of Puebla marks the event with an arts festival, a festival of local cuisine, and re-enactments of the battle.

Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores, which initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.[1]

And now it is mostly an excuse to eat tacos..

11 comments:

  1. As if the Star Wars post wasn't cute enough. :D

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  2. Oh, my. Hedy sitting with the hat over one ear? A-Dorable!

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  3. "And now it is mostly an excuse to eat tacos.. " AND drink alcohol. I would like to point out that I grew up in the Los Angeles area, in neighborhoods with largish Latino populations, but I never heard of Cinco de Mayo until I was an adult. Hedy and her Lamarrs are adorable, as always!!

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  4. The kittens definitely look like they are enjoying the day!

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  5. Happy Cinco de Meow everyfurry!

    Emma and Buster

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  6. OMC, that hat! I can't believe the little ones fit in the brim!

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  7. Hedy wearing the hat just about kills me. Thud.

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  8. OMC so much cuteness!

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  9. Hedy was thinking, "what's with the sombrero, and what is she doing with my kittens? This lady is coo-coo!"

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