Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco De Mayo

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo is actually a Mexican-American celebration (article)? Yes, it is to celebrate the Mexican defeat of the French in an 1862 skirmish in Mexico, but it was Mexicans in America (caught up in the American civil war) that celebrated the event when they heard about it. They continued to celebrate the day every year of the civil war and it's stuck every since. In Mexico, the day itself goes pretty much unrecognized.  As usual, what was once a very patriotic day of recognition has turned into a mostly commercialized affair as beverage (beer/tequila) companies have "sponsored' it and other businesses have jumped into the fray.

Someone in the comments section who lives in Mexico said that the date to Mexicans who live in Mexico (Mexican Mexicans?) was like the date of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware. Something to be memorized in school, but not recognized otherwise.

Well, I can tell you Cinco de Mayo was a big deal in Arizona and has made it's way all the way to St. Kitts where two bars are having Cinco de Mayo celebrations. I'm not sure I know of any Mexicans on the island, but I have a feeling there are going to be lots of very drunk students/expats by the end of the day.

Tonight is the Super Moon, where the the moon will be at its closest and therefore be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. At 11:34 p.m., it'll be about 221,802 miles from Earth. That's about 15,300 miles closer than average.

The moon will appear 14% bigger than usual as it reaches the horizon just before 8pm (EST).

If you hear any howling....

It'll probably be a drunk neighbor coming home from a Cinco de Mayo party.