Post # 1
Am I the only one who thinks this way?
I was born and raised in Mexico and for us, 5 de Mayo is not really a big deal.
It’s día de la batalla de Puebla, when Zaragoza defeated the french. Yes, it’s a big holiday in Puebla, but if you’re not from there or live there, you don’t even get the day off.
Now, since I moved to the US, I see that people think 5 de mayo is confussed with mexican independence day -_- or a day to celebrate being mexican. Seriously, people have congratulated me on 5 de Mayo. Why? WHY?!!
I know it has nothing to do with weddings, but I just wanted to say it jejeje. Does anybody feel the same way about this day? Or does anyone have another perspective to enlighten me?
Post # 3
you don’t even get the day off.
Bet if you did you’d feel a lot more festive!
Post # 4
I am not mexican but I am hispanic.
I think a lot of people, no matter what culture or religion, mix up the meaning of holidays/customs/celebrations/rituals just out of ignorance.
Next time someone congratulates you, I would just politely correct them and tell them what the day is about. I am sure they would be happy to learn something new.
Post # 5
i think some people see cinco de mayo as a good excuse to go drink Margaritas
Post # 7
@totheislnds: Yep, it is just like st patricks day.
Post # 8
I love Cinco De Mayo because it’s my birthday! 😛
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Post # 10
Kinda seems like congratulating an Irish person on St. Pats. Both are just excuses to drink.
Post # 12
Yes, I guess they don’t call it cinco de drinko for nothing -_-
Thanks for answering! I hadn’t seen it like that before, kind of a mexican version of the St. Patrick’s day. It is just another excuse to drink, in this case Margaritas instead of beer. I’m ok with that, just don’t congratulate me, because next time, I’ll have to explain the whole Batalla de Puebla jejejeje.
@Gerbera: Happy birthday!! Now, that’s a reason to celebrate (and to be congratulated).
Post # 14
I signed for an account here just for this particular reason and to express my annoyance at this holiday. I’m not engaged, but am obssessed with looking at wedding stuff (I know I’m not the only one!)
Besides the background of this holiday that is called into criticism, which I wholeheartedly agree with, I’ve found that as a follower of many many wedding blogs, they have used Cinco de Mayo as a day where Mexican inspired weddings are widely featured. Now that’s perfectly fine, but as a very PROUD Mexican, it makes me annoyed that wedding blogs don’t feature design options that inspire potential brides like me to embrace my beautiful culture on other days of the year as well. Mexican inspired weddings rarely pop up on other days, yet I’m sure Latina brides that want to embrace their culture make up a portion of the market. I find it annoying that Cinco de Mayo is a misguided holiday, but also a way to make me feel that my culture is only accepted in weddings on one day of the year.
Post # 15
A lot of people think Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s independence day. It’s not.. Mexico’s independence day is September 16th. While I don’t expect many people to know that, I was really irritated when I read in a book that Cinco de Mayo was Mexican independence day. How can an author ignorantly publish this? Were there no editors? No wonder so many people are misinformed.
And I can’t believe people have congratulated you. How awkward.