Once again, Cinco de Mayo has passed and huge celebrations were taking place all around the US and some people thought that Wish Lanterns would be perfect for the occasion.
Contrary to the popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the Independence day of Mexico. Most people associate Cinco de Mayo with dancing and drinking Margarita and tequila, but this holiday is so much more than that. The origin of this celebration is very interesting. At some point in Mexican history, the country was bankrupt and so the president ruled that all the foreign debts payments should be stopped for two years. This fact got some European countries angry and they wanted to attack Mexico. Some of them though reached a negotiation, but France attacked Mexico. On the fifth of May, 1862 one of the biggest battles occurred near Puebla. There were 8000 well armed Frenchmen against 4000 poorly equipped Mexicans. The French army under Napoleon at that time was undefeated for 50 years. However, on this day, the Mexicans managed to crush the 8000 Frenchmen. Cinco de Mayo has turned into one of the most significant Mexican holidays in the USA and in some parts of Mexico, celebrating the Mexican heritage.
This holiday is celebrated all over the US. There are educational seminars in many schools and people dance the traditional Mexican regional dances, sing their songs and have a good time. Why not contribute to the festive mood and light a few Wish Lanterns for Cinco de Mayo?