Feliz Cinco Ya’ll

5 May

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Austin by waving green, white and red Mexican flags. So much so that I once heard someone point to a Mexican flag and refer to it as a “Cinco de Mayo” flag. It’s a day for family, friends, eating tacos, listening to conjunto and drinking cerveza. Few know what the holiday is really about. When living in Mexico, I visited the Fort de Puebla where a fight for independence took place in 1864. The French, with their highly trained forces thought they had a cake walk in taking over Mexico. A rag-tag militia of about 500 strategically placed Mexican soldiers proved them wrong. Mexico’s independence took years of battles with French, Spanish, US, and British troops. It’s no wonder everyone celebrates a win by the underdogs.

But Cinco is a celebration of much more than the Battle of Puebla. It’s the celebration of a strong, proud, independent people who love to celebrate just about anything. As a youngster from New Jersey, I was wary of a picnic in a cemetery for Day of the Dead. It was a delightful day that allowed me to experience another culture in a very personal way. There are birthdays, saint days, quinceñeras, religious holidays, Sunday picnics, and many more events that I hope to learn about and participate in.

We continue to pack containers, take books to Half Price, have dinner with friends and plan our escape. There are no “final” goodbyes. Just about everyone is invited to visit. So if you think that southern Yucatan may be a vacation destination in your future, get your passport, practice your Spanish and bring a “celebration state-of-mind”, and remember your hammock.

Alex Enjoying a Sunny Lake Bacalar Day Alex enjoying a sunny Lake Bacalar day
Sunset on the Bay of Chetumal Sunset on the Bay of Chetumal

4 Responses to “Feliz Cinco Ya’ll”

  1. Amy Lifton May 5, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Alex, I am so enjoying your blogs! Your spirit shines through! Go go go 🙂


    • afish25 May 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Thanks Amy. I love hearing from readers. It’s so fun writing the blog. Glad you enjoy it.


  2. Lisa May 5, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Let the fun continue. We are having such a good time, even with this process. I’ve learned to live for today and tomorrow. But living for today has led to many wonderful experiences. I can’t wait to see how each day turns out. Because they are all a delight. Happy Cinco de Mayo to everyone!


    • afish25 May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

      Thanks. This past weekend saw so much progress in the “moving” direction. I have to pinch myself! We’re doing it!


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