Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!
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Hey everyone out there in the crunchyverse. I just wanted to spread a little Cinco de Mayo cheer to all. I know that my timing might be a little off since we are all in different time zones and stuff...but it's the thought that counts right? Anyway, here's a little history lesson for you compliments of wikipedia.

Cinco de Mayo ("The Fifth of May" in Spanish) is primarily a regional, and not a federal, holiday in Mexico; the date is observed in the United States (and other locations around the world) as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. It commemorates the victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over the French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day; Mexico's Independence day is September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish).

The holiday is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origins, particularly in cities and states where there is a large population of Mexican origin. Although it is no more an officially-recognized holiday than St. Patrick's Day or Columbus Day in the United States, many cities with large populations of Mexican origin honor the day as a symbolic representation of Mexican pride and as a representation of a culture that blends both Mexican and American roots. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, as well as prominent figures of Mexican descent in the United States, such as César Chávez.

The reference to the Battle of Puebla is seen as a symbolic cultural link to those who had to overcome insurmountable odds while facing adversity. In neighborhoods such as East Los Angeles, the Mission District of San Francisco, East San Jose (*where I'll be tonight!!!) and elsewhere throughout the Southwest, Cinco de Mayo is most accurately characterized as a day of celebration to honor a culture that fuses Mexican heritage and American life experience. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight the Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include ballet folklórico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Angeles near Olvera Street.

Viva la raza!!!
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Posted 5/5/07
Its funny how this topic is right next to illegal aliens j/k
Posted 5/5/07
damn logain.... that's all i gotta say.
w00t.
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Posted 5/5/07

logain wrote:

Its funny how this topic is right next to illegal aliens j/k



Lol, I was thinking the same...
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Posted 5/5/07
hey finally a spanish language-related thread!

pues viejo no lei nada de lo que pusiste (porque primero era mexicano y era muy largo ) pero que viva el 5 de mayo (aunque no sea mexicano.... porlomenos somos latinoamericanos)
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^
translation: then old nonlaw nothing of which you put (because first he was Mexican and it was very long Image) but that lives the 5 on May (although he is not Mexican…. porlomenos we are Latin American

eh, sorry. I'm not Mexican but Feliz Cinco De Mayo!
yay!
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Posted 5/5/07
I am happy is cinco de mayo, pero no lo voy a celebrarlo.
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Posted 5/5/07
Sí, fifth feliz de mayo. Amo los pescados de Babel. ¡No hablo español pero ésta es diversión! ¡Me pregunto si cualquier persona consigue lo que estoy diciendo!

http://babel.altavista.com/tr
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