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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cinco De Mayo in Tahoe

A small history lesson first.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That occurs September 16.
Nor is it the day to honor one’s ancestors, which is the Nov. 2 Dia de los Muertos.

Instead the fifth day of May is a mostly regional holiday of Puebla that commemorates a small victory by the outnumbered Mexican army over the French who came in collection of a debt back in the 1860s.

Historians have yet to find recorded evidence that winning Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín let his troops party down with swinging piñatas while swigging lime-wedged bottles of ice-cold Mexican beers or salt-rimmed glasses filled with margaritas, but it is safe to say — probably not

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