Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is actually a commemoration of a victory by Mexican troops in La Batalla de Puebla more that fifty years later, on May 5, 1862 . . . . La Batalla de Puebla was the first time that the Mexican pueblo could rally around a common cause and proudly proclaim, «¡Yo soy Mexicano!” Chicanos in the US celebrate Cinco de Maya for its cultural and patriotic significance – “victory in the face of great odds.” In Mexico the day of Independence, September 16th, is of more import.
This link was shared by Ximena Zúñiga, newly tenured faculty in the Social Justice Program.

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  1. A spontaneous celebration hosted by a Nepalese, attended by Nepalese, Romanians, (white) Americans (!), a Columbian and others also not of Mexican descent (!) began with a bbq (which I missed), continued with Coronas and margaritas (limited intake, believe it or not), and ended with my designated passenger escort home (fatigue, baby, pure fatigue). The highlight of the evening was the graduate student deconstruction of the Nepalese term (that I won’t spell correctly): “moussa moussa” (how’d I do?)! Actually, the performance of the song was better than the lengthy exposition on its meaning. Or maybe it was the other songs. Or maybe it was just begin together, all us cultural refugees. (Or maybe it was the alcohol.)
    Or . . . !!!

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