Happy siete de Mayo!
I’m a little behind in posting on The Sixth Square but I wanted to point out that WHYY’s Arts and Culture reporter Alex Schmidt had a great piece about Cinco de Mayo on 90.9 FM on Monday.
Schmidt went talk to some folks in Philadelphia’s Mexican immigrant community to get the real scoop on Cinco de Mayo and found, not surprisingly, that we Americans seem to have taken a relatively obscure Mexican holiday and blown it up with our half-priced margaritas at Chili’s.
Even folks from the Mexican state – Puebla – in which the events of the original “cinco de Mayo” took place don’t think it’s all the big a deal. They apparently celebrate an event that happened in late April with festivals and the like. And did you know that a good percentage of Philadelphia’s Mexican immigrant population hails from that particular state?
Anyway, for the rest of Mexico, Mexican Independence Day, September 16th, is the big event.
But I guess dieciséis de Septiembre just doesn’t have the same ring to it.