feliz de cinco de mayo.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "5th of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. The holiday commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day; Mexico's Independence Day is actually September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), which is the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Although the Mexican army was victorious over the French at Puebla, the victory only delayed the French advance on Mexico City; a year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico on the throne of Mexico. The French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867. Maximilian was executed by President Benito Juarez, five years after the Battle of Puebla. {Wikipedia.}

I hope you enjoyed that little history lesson from Wikipedia about Cinco de Mayo. It had me pretty interested, because I had Cinco de Mayo confused with Day of the Dead! Silly me.

In honor of this Mexican holiday I was planning on having Mexican for lunch, but that plan fell through due to my hectic Monday schedule. So I thought I might as well post some pictures from our honeymoon in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. :)

The beautiful waters of XelHa:

Us snorkling at XelHa:

Here we are bargaining on the streets of Playa del Carmen:

The most beautiful place I have ever seen; Tulum, Mexico:

Our romantic candlelight dinner on the beach:

Oh how I wish I could be there again to celebrate. {SIGH.}

Currently listening to :: He Lays In The Reins by Calexico & Iron and Wine.