Congress Issued A Proclamation Telling Americans To Observe Cinco De Mayo
We all know by now that Cinco de Mayo in the United States is just another excuse to party wearing goofy sarapes, straw hats, and drink tons of margaritas and shots of tequila, but did you know that the U. S. government actually says you should be partying your face off for Cinco de Mayo? It's true. They even passed a resolution saying that.
Ok, I made that up, but back in 2005, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a resolution that "recognizes the historical struggle for independence and freedom of the Mexican people" and called on the President to "issue a proclamation recognizing that struggle and calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
It's clear from the language of the resolution that no one asked any Mexicans about Cinco de Mayo because it just isn't that big of a deal there. Here, the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla has become an excuse to drink yourself blind at Drinko de Mayo events, but lawmakers put pen to paper to make sure that we observe the day. You can read the whole proclamation here. It's not very long but it's filled with some purdy words describing Cinco de Mayo.
No matter what you do on Cinco de Mayo you should at least know that it's not about getting rowdy and drinking too much. It is about an
battle in a struggle for a county's independence. It should be observed quietly and reverently like we do with the Fourth of July. See what I did there? Happy Cinco de Mayo!