Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Cinco de Mayo: An American Holiday, Not Mexican

Cinco de Mayo: An American Holiday, Not Mexican

“With Cinco de Mayo looming next week, restaurants, bars and even wrestling for entertainment in the United States are promoting all things Mexican, including margaritas, tacos and tamales, and Mexican “costumes.” While most Americans party and drink on Cinco de Mayo, most Mexicans in Mexico do not celebrate or even recognize it as a significant Mexican holiday.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken as Mexican Independence Day, which is on September 16.”

Languages do matter!

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