On May 5, 1862 a 8,000 army strong French intended to crush a rather weak 4,000 or so Mexican army in an area close to what is now city of Puebla, Mexico. As you may have guessed “Cinco de Mayo” is translated to May 5, which pays homage to this specific event, today this date … Read More
On May 5, 1862 a 8,000 army strong French intended to crush a rather weak 4,000 or so Mexican army in an area close to what is now city of Puebla, Mexico. As you may have guessed “Cinco de Mayo” is translated to May 5, which pays homage to this specific event, today this date is mostly celebrated in that area of Mexico, and it is not so much so a country-wide Mexican holiday, such as the Mexican independence day celebrated on September 16. On this now widely known time of the year the Mexicans achieved a true victory as they managed to defeat a very strong French army, perhaps a stronger army in today’s standards. To many, the victory was akin to the biblical David defeating Goliath. The French, in the late 1800s had the ambition to set a stronghold presence in the North America, as they were attempting to control it previously from the North in what is today French Canada, but as it is known in Canada, with a low track of success against the British. In the 1862, the United States was nearing its own Civil War, which gave control from north to south by a victory of the “Union.” Soon after the French were defeated in the May 5, 1862, the French army did defeat the overall Mexican army following a 3 year rule by the French taking control of Mexico City. When the United States finally completed their 4 year long Civil War, they saw their vested interested to expel the threat from the South as they aspire to control the South. The U.S. then decided to provide political and military support, so that in 1865, the Mexicans succeeded in pushing the French away. When we look at history, it seems perhaps more correct to honour this date, because it truly signifies a marriage or partnership between Mexico and the United States to join against a common enemy. The event gave way to a relationship which perhaps persists today. What this event also demonstrates is the start of a pattern we see today, as the empire of the United States begins to set their dominance in the region and the world. The pattern of secretly conspiring to advance an agenda of worldwide influence. It only made sense for them to remove the threatening presence of the French from the South, as the French were not content for having relinquished Canada to the British. What Cinco de Mayo also demonstrates is the excuse to pick on a date which has no historical value to other parts of the world with the intention of polluting its meaning with eating, drinking and partying. Thus bypassing an opportunity to reflect over the meaning of this date. An important date should be celebrated and also reflected upon, so we can learn from its legacy, after all, if we learn from history we can perhaps make use of its teaching for a better tomorrow. There is nothing wrong if people want to select another time of the year to have a good time and party, but it seems like dishonouring an event, as heroic as it may be, when we use it for mind numbing celebrating.