Wednesday, May 5, 2010
It's Cinco de Mayo and I am aware--again-- of how little we Americans really know about our neighbor to the south. So, let's get this out of the way. Yes, it's a cool holiday for those of us who like to drink margaritas and Coronas and have a good time celebrating the color and spirit of Mexico. But, it's not Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo is not even celebrated in most parts of Mexico. I remember when we were living in Morelia in May of 2004, and I was shocked that NOTHING was happening! Just a regular day, it wasn't even a day off from school. If you want to celebrate, go ahead, because though it's not significant for the Mexicanos in Mexico, it is a big day for Latino pride here in the U.S. You might want to read the link below to find out what did happen on the 5th of May in 1862.
Oh, and maybe this year you should do something different. Like try drinking a good Mexican beer such as Bohemia. By the way, if you are ever in Michoacan, la cerveza Victoria is mighty tasty.
But if you really want to celebrate, buy a nice piece of art-- such as the Virgen of Guadalupe figure above from Ocumicho, or a handmade rebozo or blouse. It will help a struggling Mexican artist, and bring some beauty into your life that will last a lot longer than your tequila buzz.
For a large selection of fine Mexican folk art and crafts go to www.mexicobyhand.com
(below on left) Rebozo from La Piedad. Many other styles and colors also available.
(below on right) Handpainted batea from Quiroga.