Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

As most people who live in the U.S. know, today is a very famous Mexican celebration going on in many cities that have a high percentage of Hispanic population.

But what happens today in Mexico? Well, the most important thing that happens is that there was no school today. What else? Well, mmmm, nothing. Really, nothing. Except maybe in the city of Puebla, where the Batalla de Puebla was fought. And maybe some Northern states which have been influenced by the celebration of Mexicans in the U.S. This was a battle fought against the French invading forces, in which Mexico won. This celebration has nothing to do with Mexico's Independence. So there is really no 5 de mayo post as such. Sorry, nada!

But I will post some more photos taken in Dolores Hidalgo. And if you live in the U.S. and saw some kind of celebration in your city, I'd love to hear about it!

School children from another school visiting the city.
We saw at least five other groups there.

Local man carrying his milk can.

Typical house seen in many small cities in the state.

Alineación al centroSidewalk "shop": Chamomile and lemongrass
for tea. Guavas and plums.

And after sightseeing in Dolores, we went to Guanajuato.
This tunnel is the official entrance to the city.

Next post, Guanajuato. I'm sure you'll like that place much more.
Have a great evening!


Anonymous said...

Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Phoenix, as you can imagine but, really, I think it's mostly just a day that's an excuse for drinking and partying. We would have liked to go to our favorite Mexican restaurant tonight but we decided against it--I'm sure it was much too wild. Nice photos :)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Angie! I had no idea Cinco de Mayo was a USA holiday! And that it has nothing what so ever to do with Mexican independence! The day is certainly celebrated with great gusto around these parts!

I loved the image of the house in Dolores Hildago. So many, many houses in Santa Fe look exactly like this - exactly. It is amazing to me to see the Spanish/Mexican influences carried north into the New Mexico territory. I am so grateful to the Santa Fe Historical Society for how hard they have worked, even in the face of opposition, all these years to preserve this rich heritage. So many of the older buildings still remain.

Juanita said...

Hi Angie, It seems all the grocery stores in this area have their sale 'theme' for the week to be "Cinco de Mayo"!! As you can guess, the items featured are for making our Americanized Mexican dishes. ;) LOL

Angie said...

Found this blog with the recount of how 5 de mayo became what it is. Bob is an American living in Mexico. His blog is pretty interesting, and at least everything he has written about Mexico is totally accurate.

Mexicans don't mind that other countries celebrate this day, they just don't like the confusion of historical events.

Thanks for commenting, dear friends!