The Cinco de Mayo holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May in 1862. However, a common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, which actually is September 16. The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively.
In honor of the holiday, today I’m attaching the video for Liz Phair’s song, Cinco de Mayo. I know it really has nothing to do with the holiday but I love the song (and have loved it since I was 15 and first heard it). Now, go out and grab a margarita or a cold beer and celebrate!
P.S. I know it’s not very good quality video but it’s the best I could do. 🙂