Today’s May 5th, Cinco de Mayo. I dislike celebrating these exaggerated holidays and all of the ridiculous stereotypes that go along with them. Cinco de Mayo is a very minor holiday in the state of Puebla, commemorating a battle when the Mexican army defeated the French. It’s not a big celebration, it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day; it’s just a poor excuse for people to appropriate a culture they know little about.
I never realized how obnoxious it was within the food scene until this year. I’ve been receiving taco recipes for the past two weeks and, even worse, completely non-Mexican-related recipes using the word ‘cinco’ in them because apparently that’s the only Spanish word anyone in PR knows.
The one benefit to celebrating this holiday is that many cities are actually showcasing regional Mexican cultures through educational performances and art. Unfortunately, celebrations in Boston seem to be limited to pub crawls and margarita competitions.
So if you’re in the mood for a Corona, go for it, but not because it’s Cinco de Mayo.