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5/5/11

Oye Como Ya, Andale Andale Mama E-I E-I Uh Oh, and all that jazz...

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!!

Cinco de Mayo completes the Holy Trinity of Drinking Holidays, which also include Mardi Gras (link) and St. Patrick's Day (link).  Of the three, Cinco de Mayo has the best food.

Before we get out the Coronas and Tequila, I'd like to share a brief history lesson and a few fun facts:

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in 1862, at the battle of Puebla.  Mexico's economy was hurting, so they borrowed a lot of money from a lot of countries.  They settled their debt with the US during the Mexican-American War, but still owed money to France.

Well, they didn't like France.  Mexico decided not to pay back their debts, which pissed the Frenchies off.  France decided to name one of Napoleon's relatives, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, as Mexico's new ruler.

France invaded, and Mexico kicked their butt.  So in essence, you're not only celebrating a Mexican victory, you're celebrating a French defeat.

I fart in your general direction!
You're also celebrating Mexicans getting a multi-million-dollar credit card from France, defaulting, and then kicking their debt-collector's ass.  Which is cool, but kind of messed up.

Oh well.  Olé!

Fun Cinco de Mayo traditions around the globe include:
  • Mexican beer drinking competition in the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean.
  • The Cinco de Mayo Culture Festival in Denver, Colorado includes exhibits of Mexican music, Spanish and Latin and Tex-Mex outdoor rock music concerts.
  • Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois organizes a festival, full of musical events, snack bars and cultural displays. 


And drinking. Lots and lots of drinking.


So remember, as you drink your Dos Equis and do body-shots off that cute girl at the bar: Down with France! Kick your debt-collector's ass! And viva Mexico!!

I'll leave you with a little mariachi music, a la Pablo Francisco...



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22 witty retorts:

Astronomy Pirate said...

The funny thing is that the holiday isn't really widely celebrated in Mexico. To the rest of the world it has become a sort of Mexican appreciation day/excuse to get wasted.

=dgrphx= said...

drink plenty of snake oil guaranteed to prolong the inevitable

Jazz bazooka said...

ah... the picture about french got me... :D

Venus said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo... people don´t drink too mucho, hahahaha.

Thanks for the Pablo Francisco clip, he´s so funny.

Kicking Rocks said...

funny thing about today is, im going to eat indian food....lol

Autumnforest said...

God, I love the French Terror Alerts scale, but I see they're missing a level, "bitch slap."

Bart said...

lol is this that pablo guy that sweats ridiculous amounts?

D4 said...

Ahaha, celebrating the french defeat! AHAHA

Lhosreiff said...

Accurate representation of mariachi music and my reaction to it. :P

Nuker Zero said...

Almost forgot it was Cinco De Mayo....hope there's some free food on campus..

Random Girl said...

I learn something new every day from you. Today the history of the French/Mexican beef and yesterday the history of the Mormon/Dinosaur beef. Muy Bueno

Frosty said...

Ah yes another excuse to get blasted

THUNDERCAT said...

shit I know I used Cinco De Mayo to get so shitfaced that I actually piss blood colored beer ;)

Mike said...

Loving the french surrender picture haha.

French Bean & Coffee Bean said...

Meh. I'm in France, so I'm not exactly in the mood for getting a Mexican butt-kicking. I will celebrate with kirs and Jurançon wine, though. ;-)

-Barb the French Bean

Zombie said...

Being a white washed mexican I have no idea what the title says. lol.

Zombie said...

oh wait, they're songs! Derp! :p

Jewels said...

Check you out! Thanks for the lessons. I loved it. I celebrated by going to Zumba and shaking my ass to latin music like Shakira...sadly no drinking. :(

Shutterbug said...

Happy cinco de mayo! cheers! :)

On My Soapbox said...

I'm drinking tequila right now! Happppeeee sink-o.... Hmmm, now where was I?

Mom said...

We figure it's a great excuse to gorge ourselves with Mexican food! I posted an amazing recipe for chicken chimis. Come check it out.
Sandy
www.twelvemakesadozen.blogspot.com

Thank, Q said...

Well done! People don't even know why they're celebrating / drinking on some of the holidays. Cinco de Mayo could have been about people who killed 1,000 puppies, but no one would ever know because their focus is the next drink.

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