A Nurse With Attitude

Where Dark Cynical Humor, Nursing Issues, and Politics Seem to Merge

Happy Cinco de Mayo !

 Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and Mexico.  In recent years the holiday was hijacked and changed to a different celebration.  The date is observed in the United   States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday inMexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16

In reality, the Mexican holiday is a celebration of a military victory.  In 1861, the French invaded Mexico pushing the troops and the President back toMexico City.  The country was nearly lost.  The French was undefeated until their remain force of 8000 strong attacked the Mexican army of 4000 at Puebla.  On May 5th 1862, the Mexican army, backed into a corner, rallied and crushed the French army.

On the other hand, I am happy with celebrating the new holiday, whatever it may be, heritage, pride, even Mexican independence day.  If you think about it, a celebration of beating the French, in anything, is not much of a holiday.

Just for fun,  go to “Google” and type in to the search bar, “French Military Victories”.  Then after you do that, click the search tab, “I’m feeling Lucky” and then see what you get!



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