twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Why I Hate Cinco de Mayo

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Christina Montoya Fielder: I just drove past one of our neighborhood bars. Plastered on their marquee was a notice for tonight's festivities: "Cinco de Drinko." Um, that's not even real Spanish, first of all. Second of all, why does celebrating the fifth of May mean getting wasted?

cinco de mayo

Therein lies my beef with the Cinco de Mayo holiday. Why does it have to be about drinking, and does anyone even know what the holiday is really all about?

First, let me tell you what it is NOT about: sombreros, fake mustaches (which I actually saw someone wearing this year), ponchosà la"Ugly Betty," tequila, mariachis or guacamole -- although corporate America would like you to believe that it is about those things. Given today's current events (ahem, Arizona), I won't even start on how so many people in this country could be ripe with anger over Mexican immigrants, yet still celebrate with the best of them this week.

Some might say I'm taking the fun out of one of our most beloved holidays, but really, I'm just a realist who's sick of the stereotypes associated with a day that most Mexicans don't even care about.

Cinco de Mayo marks the day that the Mexican army defeated French invaders at the Battle of Puebla. There are more than 28 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States today, but back in Mexico, people are not as keen on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, it is not as widely celebrated there as it is here in the States. Mexicans put more emphasis on September 16th, Mexican Independence Day.

In my younger days, of course, I used to partake in a good combination plate and a few margaritas on the fifth of May. But now that I have my son, I would rather that he not associate his heritage with a day that people take as an excuse to party. Sure, he can live it up with his friends someday, but I would be so proud if he were the one to tell everyone why and what they were celebrating.

I'm sure the same can be said for St. Patrick's Day, the Fourth of July or any other holiday celebrating some sort of nationalism. In fact, as I sipped a Guinness on St. Patty's Day one year, I felt unable to enjoy it because I had no idea what I was celebrating in the first place. (In case you're wondering, St. Patrick's Day commemorates St. Patrick's chasing the snakes out of Ireland.)

Am I being too sensitive? Maybe. But does Cinco de Mayo perpetuate stereotypes of a culture that's already under a lot of fire? Absolutely.

People will always find an excuse to overindulge. But if you're going to do it today, at least now you're informed.


next: 'Real Housewife' Alex McCord: Occasional Glass of Wine During Pregnancy No Biggie
127 comments so far | Post a comment now
Al Cropsey October 29, 2010, 7:04 AM

While they are not as easy to find as they were months ago, there’s a business who is trying to provide the best quality available.

Anabel Westfahl October 30, 2010, 6:45 AM

This would be a word to the wise if this made any sense.

Carmela Mcgeever October 30, 2010, 3:26 PM

Allow me tell you, those are some expensive repairs.

Cornell Engleson October 30, 2010, 10:46 PM

I need to enroll in a class.

Courtney Doten October 31, 2010, 6:13 AM

I had conjectured that I should not bellow more loudly in the matter of.

Chelsey Hermus October 31, 2010, 2:03 PM

These are some sound tactics.

Jetta Fulwider November 13, 2010, 5:29 PM

My brother and I had been just discussing this very topic, he is continuously looking to prove me incorrect. Your current view on this is excellent and exactly how I truly feel. I just now mailed my brother this site to show him your perspective. After overlooking your blog I book-marked and will be coming back to read your messages!

Demonstration Speech Ideas For College Students November 24, 2010, 11:57 PM

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth—anonymously and posthumously.

Hemorrhoid Cure November 27, 2010, 3:37 PM

Useful site. Very helpful, have a nice day!

Caralluma Actives November 29, 2010, 7:54 AM

I’m wondering now if we can talk about your sites statistics - search volume, etc, I’m trying to sites I can buy adspace through - let me know if we can talk about pricing and whatnot. Cheers mate you’re doing a great job though.

Heike Parkerson December 5, 2010, 3:17 PM

Sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to read a few books by tutors.

indoor plants December 10, 2010, 11:47 AM

I am invariably in search of somebody to trade posts along with, I am a university student and also have a blog site right here on our campus web site. The subject of your blog and writting style would go great in a few of my category’s, tell me should you be up for this.

Joi Giantonio December 16, 2010, 4:03 PM

Even though doing a search for the phrases might be on this web site I stumbled on this page. I just say I take pleasure in the remarkable facts.

Mac Dalpe December 22, 2010, 2:02 PM

Is there anywhere big cheeses dig up choice guidance?

Sharell Oswalt December 23, 2010, 11:14 AM

There will always be a need for , and I am not necessarily referring to an authority when you might suppose that I’ve got bats in my belfry.

Credit Card Processing December 24, 2010, 2:53 PM

I’ve organized numerous exhibitions at the Fashion Institute of Technology in my previous years and am at this time doing work with a forum for that business.

sale bras December 25, 2010, 5:07 AM

Is it okay to put part of this in my blog if I post a reference point to this website?

Matilda Gritsch December 26, 2010, 3:38 AM

Wish them luck! is exactly what it sounds like.

Jude Daymude December 27, 2010, 10:48 AM

I wrote in relation to last night, but I accidentally deleted it.

car buying December 28, 2010, 10:36 AM

When I start your Rss feed it appears to be a lot of nonsense, is the problem on my part?


Leave a reply:



(not displayed)

     




Avoid clicking "Post" more than once
Back to top >>
advertisement