Will someone please answer this question?

  1. what is cinco de mayo? i have never heard of it before.??????????
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  3. by   purplemania
    It is "Independence Day" for Mexico, following the Mexican Revolution.
  4. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from purplemania
    It is "Independence Day" for Mexico, following the Mexican Revolution.
    Independence Day! Interseting revolution.... read the history, you'll get a kick out of it... that is if you are warped and see the humor in politics.
  5. by   karenG
    Glad you asked Fran.................. didnt want to show my ignorance!!!

    Karen
  6. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from karenG
    Glad you asked Fran.................. didnt want to show my ignorance!!!

    Karen
    Well now, Ya know what Karen? I don't give a hoot nor a hollar if others perceive me as ignorant. We all can't be the same. It would be too boring.:hatparty:
  7. by   FranEMTnurse
    Thank you all for your replies. I have now been enlightened. And I am definitely going to check into the political background. By the way, Does Pancho Villa have anything to do with it? Just thought I'd ask.
  8. by   prmenrs
    It's not Independece Day, that's Deis y seis de septiembre. Cinco de mayo celebrates a battle the Mexicans fought against the French in ?1840's and won.

    RUSSELL--help me out here....
  9. by   prmenrs
    http://www.mexonline.com/cinco.htm

    OK, 1862, close enough.
  10. by   FranEMTnurse
    Quote from prmenrs
    It's not Independece Day, that's Deis y seis de septiembre. Cinco de mayo celebrates a battle the Mexicans fought against the French in ?1840's and won.

    RUSSELL--help me out here....
    Thanks, Sandy. Look for a message.
  11. by   purplemania
    actually, my impression is that it is an excuse to get drunk and light firecrackers. Thanks for the clue-in, Premenrs
  12. by   Dixiedi
    Quote from Frances LeMay
    Thanks, Sandy. Look for a message.
    The were fighting the French for their independence. It was the major, turning battle.
  13. by   KathleenC
    Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise
    was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying
    12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz,
    Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship
    after its stop in New York.

    This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise
    ever delivered to Mexico....

    But as we know....the great ship did not make it to New York....
    The ship hit an iceberg and sank....and the cargo was forever lost....

    The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were
    eagerly awaiting its delivery....were disconsolate at the loss....
    Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of
    Mourning which they still observe to this day....
    The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th....
    and is known....of course....as Sinko de Mayo....


    I'm sorry. Someone sent me this one on May 5 and I just couldn't resist.
  14. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Frances LeMay
    Thank you all for your replies. I have now been enlightened. And I am definitely going to check into the political background. By the way, Does Pancho Villa have anything to do with it? Just thought I'd ask.
    Way back when mayonnaise was new, they brought it over on the titanic. Jars and jars of the stuff. Unfortunately as you know the ship sank. The poor spanish were left without and so every year they commemorate the sinko de mayo.

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