It’s time to stock up on tequila and brush off my luchador skills. Cinco de Mayo is here. Finally! Ever since I started learning spanish, I’ve been trying to live my life in spanish and Cinco de Mayo provides another wonderful opportunity to utilize my burgeoning linguistic abilities.
Many people mistakenly believe Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. They are wrong. Â It is actually an excuse to drink heaps of tequila and eat Mexican food. Wait, I meant to say, it is actually a celebration commemorating the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Still, you can’t argue with delicious Mexican food and tequila on any day, so…
Strangely enough, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger holiday in the U.S. than in Mexico. And Los Angeles knows how to throw down on this holiday. Things are starting off the weekend before Cinco de Mayo, running right on through the week and ending the following Sunday, on Mother’s Day. Yes, feel free to celebrate Mother’s Day in Spanish this year.
I will be celebrating at one of my favorite local institutions, Olvera Street. However, if you prefer a ginormous street party, downtown LA will be rockin’ on May 8th. Another, possibly crazier option is Lucha Va Voom’s “Cinco De Mayan” at The Mayan Theater on May 5th! Heck, you don’t have to limit yourself, you can go to all three if you feel inspired.
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