The True meaning of Cinco De Mayo: En El Pueblito Gig Harbor. If you read yesterday’s post, you know that Harborites responded unanimously to the survey “What’s your favorite GH Mexican restaurant: Moctezumas, El Pueblito or Puerta Vallarta. Answer: El Pueblito. Translated, El Pueblito means, Village. Loosely translated … small community (like Gig Harbor) reminscent of a small fishing village. This is Gig Harbor’s charm and El Pueblito rests in the heart of it; located just across Skansie Brothers Park and Harborview Drive. Another reason for it’s popularity…it’s authenticity. So many Mexican restaurants are “Americanized”. I think this is the reason “buses” have popped up all over Tacoma (which if you can get past the exterior, they have some amazing food). Both Gig Harbor and El Pueblito are true to themselves and not trying to be something they are not…big city. All that being said, reservations are highly recommended on Cinco De Mayo 🙂 You might even postpone your plans until this weekend?
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!