Day 39: Cinco de Mayo visperas…The eve of May 5th. Dust off your sombrero, whip out the pinata, clear your palate and brush up on your spanish! Today, I asked Harborites to choose their favorite Mexican restaurant: Puerta Vallarta, El Pueblito or Moctezumas. There was no contest: El Pueblito. There was half a nod for Puerta Vallarta, however. That being said, tomorrow should be the busiest day of the year for each of these restaurants and reservations are highly recommended.
So, why do we celebrate Cinco De Mayo? If your Corona is half empty, your answer is … Americans will celebrate just about anything and most of the time the native countries from which they derive…don’t observe them or at least to the extent we do here in the USA. If your Pacifico is half full, then your version focuses on the celebration and acceptance of Mexican heritage, pride and culture. Afterall, our melting pot is full of pollo, asada, camerones and chorizo.
The real Wiki answer is … Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is not “an obligatory federal holiday” in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States (also voluntarily) and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
I’m going with the Pacifico half-full theory. Afterall, it’s a better beer, and if my perception leads me to believe that I have more to be thankful for … why wouldn’t I? Stay tuned … yet another reason to love Gig Harbor!