May 5th is Cinco De Mayo!

What is “Cinco de Mayo” ?

Though many think Cinco de Mayo (“Fifth of May”) is Mexico’s Independence Day, it is actually a commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In addition to it’s importance in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is significant to Americans because it represents the last time a foreign army waged aggression in invaded North America. The image below is a piece of art showing the battle in all it’s gloom: BattleofPuebla2

How did we celebrate?

We enjoy this holiday today as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Sarah, an email specialist on our team, visited the 5th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival in Austin, TX! We also had a nice Mexican Food (though mostly “tex-mex”) pot luck in the office. The video and pictures below are from those events:

From our office potluck:

Battle of Pueblo image courtesy of Wikipedia
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3 Responses to “May 5th is Cinco De Mayo!”

  1. Rusty Shackelford 06. May, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Nice aritcle, but May 5th, 1862 was not the last time foreign army waged aggression in North America.

    The Japanese not only hit Pearl Harbor during WW2, but they also attacked California and Alaska. Also the German navy spent two plus years sitting off our eastern seaboard in U-Boats sinking supply ships. They were also present in the Gulf of Mexico. Sometimes the Germans were less than 100 yards off shore. See… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attacks_on_North_America_during_World_War_II

  2. Carlos Urreta 07. May, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    Thanks Rusty, I think the wording was a bit off in the original post. We have adjusted accordingly to state “invaded” as opposed to “waged aggression.”

    Cheers!

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