Cinco De Mayo! Imagine that in my best Go Diego, Go voice or maybe that actor in Blazing Saddles that states he doesn’t need a stinking badge. It actually is a great occasion to celebrate but it’s not Mexican Independence Day, that was 50 years earlier.
It was a battle over 155 years ago between Mexico and France. Back in 1862 the French had come over to take over Mexico. It seems that Mexican President Benito Juarez had pretty much declared his homeland bankrupt. Now just because they didn’t have money to pay their national debts didn’t mean they weren’t going to fight. Even though outnumbered two to one, the Mexicans pushed back the French invasion and with a little help from the US won the war that ended in 1867. But the US Civil War or War of Northern Aggression was in full swing and somehow Americans were inspired by this Mexican victory and celebrated.
According to the History.com website, the celebration became a bigger deal in the US than it was in Mexico. That tenacious south of the border spirit and spunk were spun into parties and events that focus on all sorts of Mexican treats. Is that how Taco Bell got started?
But what would have happened had the French been successful? What would a French version of the Taco look and taste like? I don’t think I want to know the answer to that… And had the French won, would there be a French version of this honorary holiday? Would there be a Fondue Bell on every corner selling bouillabaisse, cassoulets and ratatouille?
Le 5 mai! – hmmm…. just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Perhaps, I should use my best Inspector Jacques Clouseau accent. Does your dog bite?… but I digress a bit…lol… Would Pink Panther movies have a bumbling Latin American character instead of French one? Would the late Julia Child have become a Mexican Chef instead? Would Pepe Le Pew have been created from another nationality? Just how deeply affected would the world be if Cinco De Mayo was indeed Le 5 mai!? Would Mexico have become more of a wine and champagne nation? What does a French Margarita have in it?
I could go on but I think you get the whole enchilada of what I mean here.
We celebrate the victory of Mexico over the French in the battel at Puebla in 1862. So just know there’s more behind that special taco deal at Del Taco and others. The spirits in your margarita aren’t as strong as the Mexican spirit of the 1860s.
When you feel overwhelmed and bankrupt, remember Cinco De Mayo and overcome and celebrate! Oh, and have a taco and margarita – responsibly!…lol..
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A Rebel, a Statesmen – or Fightin’ Okra – and even a Trojan, I’m the Sunflower County farm boy with no green thumb who longed to live in the big city and got his wish and now is working his way back to the farm.
A freelance writer, middle-of-the-road-conservative and wanna-be fry cook, I look to bring native Mississippi folks and businesses to your attention through my looking glass.
There are those of us that packed up Mississippi and took it with us to new destinations and neighbors. My area code may be 248 but my heart is all about 662 with plenty of room for the 601. Heck, we’ll even saunter into the 228 from time to time.
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