EDITORIAL: Cinco de Mayo is more than partying

Each year, parties are planned for Cinco de Mayo. Some people like to call some of those parties, "Cinco de Drinko.” This means people dressing up in sombreros and ponchos while wearing oversized mustaches and holding maracas, drinking a lot. Most of the time when asked what exactly is being celebrated, people assume it is for Mexican Independence when that is not true. It also isn't an excuse to drink all day, just like St. Patrick's Day. Once again, the American public should look into what they claim is a day to relax and party.

Cinco de Mayo, also called "Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,” dates back to 1862 after the victory over French forces under Napoleon III's rule by Mexican forces. According to Britannica.com, the victory became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. A celebration in the state of Puebla, including a parade and reenactments of the battle, takes place on the fifth of May every year. The New York Times reported that it wasn't until the 1960s when Mexican-Americans used the day as a source of pride in their culture. Then in 1989, ad campaigns by beer companies such as Modelo and Corona were created and changed the meaning of the holiday.

It's one thing for the Latinx community to use it as a day of pride and a celebration of resistance from foreign domination, as it keeps the original meaning of the day, but it's another for a different ethnic group to ignore the historical context and make it about partying when they don't have a reason to party at all.

Unless people really are partying to celebrate and honor the Latinx community who fought for their lives in order to gain back independence, it's best to wait until the Fourth of July. It's not hard to think about how putting on a ridiculous mustache and talking with a horrible fake accent makes what was a victory look like a joke just for some extra beers.

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