The Fifth of May
What a weekend we have coming up! So many things to celebrate! Consider participating in some of the following revelries:
- Cinco de Mayo:
This celebration is held on, you guessed it, the 5th of May. The date is to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico’s smaller force defeated the larger French force, serving as a significant morale booster. Unfortunately for Mexico, the French forces were victorious a year later, when the French won the Second Battle of Puebla, and took control of Mexico City.
Cinco de Mayo is not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
- Cinco de Cuatro
This celebration on May 4th was created by the Bluth family on “Arrested Development” in retaliation to Cinco de Mayo. The Bluths, and in particular, Lucille Bluth, were upset that their Hispanic staff were not showing up for work on May 5th. They therefore created a holiday for the evening before Cinco de Mayo, designed to use up all of the party supplies and food the night before.
- Star Wars Day
May the fourth. Get it?
- Beer Pong Day
Beer Pong Day is observed on the first Saturday of May. Apparently, this day was first organized in 2006 at the University of Arizona. (However, there is conflicting information about the date. Another site states that Beer Pong Day is July 6, while yet another site (albeit Australian) says that January 5 is Beer Pong Day AND Bikini Day.)
Other May the 5th holidays include:
- Cartoonist Day
- International Bereaved Mother’s Day
- Childhood Stroke Awareness Day
- International Midwives Day
- International Permaculture Day
- Lemonade Day
- Motorcycle Mass and Blessing of the Bikes Day
- Mayday for Mutts
- Museum Lover’s Day
- Oyster Day
- National Infertility Survival Day
- National Silence the Shame Day
- National Hoagie Day
- Revenge of the Fifth (A sequel to May the Fourth)
It is also my birthday.
Lots of reasons to celebrate. Have a great weekend! Salud!