Today is Mexican Independence Day. Most people I know think that the 5th of May is Mexican Independence Day. Even though I’m half Mexican I am only aware of the day when I see several articles pop up about it and for many years I also thought that Cinco De Mayo was Mexican Independence Day but we were all wrong. Today celebrates the day that Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla- known as the Father of Mexican Independence- launched the revolution that led to Spain’s departure from Mexico. This happened in 1810 and ended 300 years of Spanish rule.
I find this so interesting because here in the United States there’s such a big misunderstanding connected to this day. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. It’s a very minor holiday in Mexico but it’s quite the opposite here in the United States.
People from many different backgrounds, not just Mexicans, celebrate this holiday mistakenly as Mexico’s Independence Day and do everything from throw parties to dress up as how they think Mexican’s dress. Over the years people have come to point out that this is not an approbate way to celebrate and others argue that they mean no offense and are just celebrating the culture. I am very proud of my Mexican background and days like this show me that I could stand to devote more time to learning more about it.
On another but related note, here are some attachments to a cool Instagram post I shared on my little Vegan page by a great little cafe that has a special going on to celebrate today's Holiday. Sharing it here incase anyone here sees it and wants to go check it out for themselves.
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