Deeply inspiring words from some of the most influential and famous people in the world.
Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is the annual holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s victory against French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
The historic battle took place in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. And contrary to many believe, the significance of Cinco de Mayo is not that it is Mexico’s Independence Day — because it’s not. That holiday is held on September 16 (or dieciséis de Septiembre).
Although Cinco de Mayo is a rather small deal in Mexico, in the United States, it has become an extremely popular day for celebrating and enjoying Mexican-American culture and heritage.
People all over the country throw Cinco de Mayo parties with traditional Mexican beverages, food, and music.
And if you’re not in the mood for a party, it can also make for a fun date night as well.
For many people in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas all day long (though personally, I would gladly have tacos and margaritas all year long).
However, Cinco de Mayo is first and foremost an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the contributions of Mexican-Americans and their cultural history.
America’s Hispanic or Latino population — defined by the U.S, Office of Management and Budget as “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race” — is currently the largest minority in the United States.
Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population than the United States, and as stated on Wikipedia: “Over 60% of the Hispanic and Latino population in the United States is of Mexican ancestry. The influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture is felt throughout the country, with the epicenter of this influence located in the southwestern United States, including Texas, Nevada, Arizona and Southern California.”
So it only stands to reason that the number of well-known and beloved celebrities of Mexican descent is growing rapidly.
Mexican-American celebrities have shaped our culture and history through music, entertainment, art, literature, poetry, film, television, sports, activism, politics and more.
Whether they came to the U.S. as immigrants from Mexico or are native born Americans whose family heritage includes Mexican ancestry, these people have made a wealth of important contributions to the United States.
This year on Cinco de Mayo, …Continue Reading