Discussion in 'The Monterrey Institute for Graduate Studies' started by Mike Albrecht, May 5, 2002.
VIVA! Cinco de Mayo
Perhaps March 5th would be more appropriate. (Florida's admission to the Union--in 1845).
I think it should be moved to September 31st, in honor of MIGS.
You are all missing the main point. Cinco de Mayo is celebration of mexican independence.
See: Cinco de Mayo
Just thought it approaiate, now that MIGS is all "Mexican"
As your link points out, Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of a battle victory. Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th.
The jokes about Florida and September 31st are dead-on, BTW.
Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Fourth of July; Mexican Independence Day is September 16.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations began as the brainchild of Chicano activists in the early sixties as a way day to instill pride in the Mexican-American community. It marks the day of the Battle of Puebla (in 1862—50 years after Mexican independence) in which a vastly outnumbered Mexican army defeated the French. It is interesting to note, however, that having won this battle, the Mexicans went on to lose the war.
In the 1980’s Mexican beer and tequila manufacturers and importers seized upon Cinco de Mayo as a way to sell more of their products, and began promoting it heavily. Now, of course, practically any company marketing a product that has anything even remotely connected to Mexico (Taco Bell, for example) has joined the marketing juggernaut.
Cinco de Mayo is a uniquely American event; in Mexico (with the exception of the region around Puebla, and areas that cater to American tourists) it is celebrated with about the same zeal as Americans celebrate Groundhog Day.
Viva MIGS Day!!!
Am I the only one dismayed and at not being able to celebrate MIGS Day (September 31st) with the zeal and ardor it deserves?
On the other hand, maybe it should be a three day holiday, and we could celebrate the day before and the day after as well. That way, in true MIGS fashion, we’d all end up cheated out of something.
Re: Viva MIGS Day!!!
I propose that we create our own MIGS Day. How about from 8pm on September 30th until 8pm on October 1st? That gives us the full 24 hours without realizing Enrique's goal of an extra calendar day in the year.
Re: Viva MIGS Day!!!
I don't know about you Gus, but I will have a tear in my eye every Sept. 31.
Of course, you could also remember MIGS on Dia de los Muertos.
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MIGS day, September 31, has become the day that I most look forward to every year but somehow every October 1 I can't even recall what I did. However, since I can't recall the day, I can only assume that I must have had an extra great time!
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