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Cinco de Mayo: Why America Celebrates It?

Updated on May 1, 2010

 America tries hard to assimulate all cultures. We feel uncomfortable imposing American identity on those immigrating here, legally or illegally, it is just not in us--we are simply to nice. We accomodate and as a result we have a sort of mess with bilingualness, an odd blend of holidays. Some say it is our strength, some differ and it has become our achilles heal and weak spot.

For example, before the hispanic immigration reached the levels it has now in Calif, Texas and Arizona, no one in the US knew much or cared about this Mexican holiday, there was absolutely no celebration for it. Now that Hispanics account for 30-40% of the population, it seems we have to accomodate. But why?

Is July 4th celebrated in any other country in the world besides the USA? What about Thanksgiving? Martin Luther King Day? No, because it is not their national holidays, so, why does America seem bending over backwards to assimilate every one's holidays? We hate to offend. Too nice. If you go to any European country, you will be forced to learn its native language because there is little accommodation from any government to have things in English. In America, we seem to encourage separation of cultures by allowing for TV stations, radio, newspapers, internet etc., in other languages, even in supermercados (grocery store) you have things in different languages, reinforcing the no need to learn English. Go to Kaiser for medical, heck, they have whole units just for Spanish speakers. No habla ingles there.  Pretty soon, we'll have traffic signs in other languages.

If one does need to learn English, it creates isolated pockets in communities where only that language is spoken, your whole world can just stay in the pocket and never learn English, never really be American.

As for Cinco de Mayo, it is not even Mexico's Independence day (Sept 16) and only marks a small minor victory of a Mexican militia of 4500 men who defeated a French force of 6500 in May 1862. The battle was a blip for the French returned and steamrolled over the whole Mexican Army and seized Mexico City and ruled for a few years. THIS IS HARDLY ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE ABOUT, LOL, OMG. Sooooo, why is it something the USA celebrates when even Mexico has enough sense NOT to???????

What is wrong with the picture? Maybe it is just an excuse to party and maybe the real promoters are the American companies who will cash in  when we buy cerveza. Even many American-Mexicans who were born here and are truly American in all ways ask, "why does the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo"? These Americans crack up about this and think it simply is insane.

Only in America can such idiotic events occur.

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      perrya 6 years ago

      The WTF, what exactly does this mean? I don't think anyone living in a state where there are a larger percentage of hispanics hates them. Not sure where that is coming from. yet, ask many Mexican-Americans in middle or high school about it and they are not sure about it, not sure why they celebrate it in the US because it makes little sense and it is a good excuse to party. This has nothing to do with mexican anything except the holiday, which is odd how America has embraced it as its own.America just loves all cultures!

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      JEEPO 6 years ago

      What the fuck?????? And there are so many Americans that hate Mexicans, and complain so much about almost anything about them, But they like to eat their food, drink their beers and celebrate Cinco de Mayo by saying that they're too nice? Wow, I didn't know that. Ah, Ah, Ah. BS.

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      Alex 8 years ago

      America is a melting pot, and I enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, the Chinese New Year. And we don't have to accommodate as you claim, but we get to if we like.

      What's wrong with this picture is more that America, being a melting pot, kinda messes up what they're doing so they pick this day instead of a more memorable day to Mexico to celebrate.

      Only in America are we a nation of immigrants whose culture is new.

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      BJBenson 8 years ago from USA

      Don't go knocking my drinking holiday, or Oktoberfest!

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      perrya 8 years ago

      Same, silly.

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      kschang 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      If Cinco de Mayo is dumb, how about St. Patrick's Day? ;)

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      perrya 8 years ago

      still stupid IMO

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      kschang 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      It is a REGIONAL holiday, and hardly "official".

      Chinatown celebrates two holidays: the PROC "National Day" on October 1st, and "Nation Day" on October 10th, the traditional "birth of China" day started by ROC (not PROC). We also do autumn moon festival, dragon boat festival, among others.

      And Texas still has an Alamo Day, right? I think they call it The Texas Independence Day though. :)

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      BJBenson 8 years ago from USA

      I can't say much because I like to drink on March 17TH. But I do get your point. It does make me think too. Thank you.

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