DOWN TO FIESTA ORIGIN STORY
goodr enjoys a fun party (you’re well aware of this if you attended our L.A. Marathon After Party last month…). We also like to drop knowledge when we can, especially when fiestas are involved. So today, we’re here to chat about a little “holiday” known as Cinco de Mayo.
Mexico’s actual Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is matter of factually on September 16th. So what in the flock is up with Cinco de Mayo? The FIFTH of May? Those dates don’t even sound similar, this can’t be boiled down to a misunderstanding at a loud bar. Was it invented by alcoholics and beer companies trying to find any excuse to party?
You ready to get woke??! Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. The declaration of Mexican Independence happened over 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. The Battle of Puebla is still incredibly noteworthy. It provided the positive hype that helped propel the hope necessary to finally get the French out of the Mexicans’ hair five years later.
Let’s drop some stats on the Battle of Puebla: 6,000 French troops vs. 2,000 ragtag loyal indigenous Mexicans or those of mixed ancestry. The Mexicans crushed the French in a daylong battle that resulted in the French losing nearly 500 soldiers, versus the less than 100 Mexicans that died in the ruckus. (RIP) It was a symbolic victory for the resistance movement.
At this point, you’re probably reading this, thinking… “Wow… all of those May 5ths I spent showering myself in Coronas and lime… I didn’t even know what I was celebrating… I thought I was going to read a funny story about sunglasses… Now this... WTF??!!!”. Just stop. You really should be asking yourself, “DTF!!?!!”! ...Nooo you horn dogs… “DOWN TO FIESTA?!!??”
Both May 5th and September 16th (Dieciséis de la Septiembre… now that’s a mouthful…) are epic dates in Mexican history. Meaning they both deserve a celebration. You can’t and probably shouldn’t pick only one. You can thank us for giving you a whole additional day to wear sombreros made in China and drink tequila like water by buying our Cinco de Mayo inspired, Mexican flag sunglasses. Because there is no better way of showing your pride for a country than by wearing their flag on your face.