Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Gusto!

Cinco de Mayo reflects America’s ability to embrace diversity and to celebrate the traditions and customs of the many people who make up our great nation, and heralds our emerging multicultural and global world.  While America’s multicultural society is a composite of many races, faces, and cultures, our relationship with Mexico has a unique and lasting influence – not only because of our proximity, and our historical ties, but because of the color, vitality, and strength Mexican-Americans bring to our country’s cultural mosaic. At casamosaic.com we believe that learning about someone else’s cultural is just as important as learning to speak their language.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the contributions of Mexican Americans as well as our own growing relationship with our neighbors south of the border.  Many folks are puzzled why we started celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. It is a day that honors the brave Mexican Indians who defeated the French army, considered the best in the world that hadn’t been defeated for 50 years, at the battle of Puebla in 1862 led by General Zaragosa, who commanded the Mexican army at the battle of Puebla. Did you know that General Zaragosa was actually born in Texas?

An interesting historical twist during this time period is that in 1862, the Civil War was raging in the U.S. and historians believe that if the French had Mexico, Napoleon III would have continued supplying troops and arms to the confederate rebels. This would have altered the outcome of the war. In fact, the French had their eyes on Louisiana and wanted to proceed north to reclaim their territory. Now this would have certainly changed the course of American history. The Mexicans driving the French out allowed the Union forces to build their army and end the Civil War. It could be said, that the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 preserved the national integrity of Mexico and protected that of the United States as well. 

So this May 5th order up some tacos, listen to some Mariachi music and celebrate “Cinco de Mayo.” Since Latinos are the fastest growing segment of our population, the fiesta has just begun!