Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Why Cinco de Mayo

Saying for the Day. Whatever happened to VE and VJ days?

It was Cinco de Mayo day last Saturday. I got to wondering why Americans would celebrate a regional Mexican holiday. Don’t we have enough American holidays to celebrate? If not we could bring some back like VE or VJ day.

Then I thought its not the holiday as such but the chance to have fun and touch one’s roots. A chance to be a people in the midst of many people.

Then it came to me that they are not alone.

The American Irish have St. Pat’s day. A chance to celebrate a bit of Irish history , hold parades, and drink green beer. It is a chance for one day to be Irish.

Finns in America felt left out so they made up a Saint of their own. St Urho. Now St. Urho was not a Finnish figure . He was made up by some guy in Minnesota and his day was placed just before St. Pat’s. It gives the Finns two days of drinking. One day of purple beer for St. Urho and one of green Beer for St. Pat’s. Wise people the Finns.

Then there is Guy Fawkes day. That’s a British holiday. It celebrates the fact that Guy Fawkes failed to burn down parliament. It is a great day with street dancing, beer drinking, bonfires, and fireworks. It is celebrated every year in North Carolina.

I am sure there are other ethnic days being celebrated as well. A way to give people a moment to remember and be thankful for the culture that spawned them. Then of course there is the beer drinking, the dancing, the bon fires, and the fireworks. Nothing like a good ethnic celebration.

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9750 spins without a prize. Old Hapless lost again. He entered 14 sets of numbers, yesterday, and only got two right in any set. He does not choose numbers well. But then his numbers have to come up sometime , don't they?
Well Uncle Wiggly lovers if it rains again tomorrow thus keeping Pigeon Falls in limbo we will be back tomorrow with another startling adventure of " As the World Spins"
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Lois over at Upper Peninsula and Beyond has a new post with lots of good pictures incluing a better picture of my house. Its the one with ugly red SUV in front. I have added a new link to Fridays Child which is a good blog to read.Betty and I got the Pigeon Falls main street coated and out to the layout and we started on the building support structure when it started to rain. At this rate Pigeon Falls may never return. Started planning the next G scale fantasy train which will have cups, saucers, and teapots. Well I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

10 Comments:

Blogger Laurie said...

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Americans that are not Hispanic because it involves drinking tequila! :-)

So, when you hit 10k spins what happens?

5:38 AM  
Blogger Dr. Cissa Fireheart said...

Belive it or not, Dr. John, VJ day is still celbrated in RI. It's a local bank and public holiday. Local gov't offices close and everything. I do belive RI is the only state which still celbrates. There's a high Cambodian and Phillipene population in RI, so they have no problem with this, becuase they hate the Japanese....or at least they did when I was a kid...

Just thought you would be interested to know that ! ;)

5:42 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

I'm soooo sorry to hear that you are sick...i'm guessing that Betty is too? Ohhh i knew that Lori's hubby was but i guess i missed some line here or there....
Would sedind you 'chicken soup' a la internet do?
Glad that you got to smile, i think the pic is funny too. Love those teeth!
How wonderful and kind that you thought about "the American holidays not enough?" issue and saw that there is enough room for more partying all around..but seriously if we could all do that a bit more..No just make statements but think them through and see the why and what perhaps we might all be much more understanding to each others differnce. (i don' think i got accross my feeling/thought their, but i was a positive one).

I really do hope you feel better soon! Read you tomorrow.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

OK Doc, I've had a word with Tony (Bliar, of course) and he's agreed to extend Guy Fawkes night into a two-day celebration.

The second night we're going to call "Let's Drink To Dr. John Night".

What do you mean why? Why not? (I'll get started now, OK?)

Get well soon.

Cheers!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

Ha Ha TC...Im drinkin to Dr John to the very next time I drink!!!!! Cheers Dr John!

9:57 AM  
Blogger kristi said...

Just look at Memorial Day it is basically a day for everyone to take off, BBQ, open their pool, and get drunk. All holidays somehow or another lead to drinking, especially the Summer ones.

10:18 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Hi, Dr. John!

Ethnic holidays, miracles, hot air balloons, fat kids,and 10 useless things . . .

What a great group of posts to come back to! I've been gone too long, and missed too much.

Doc, thanks for looking in on my place while I was away! Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

I can't get over how many silly holiday sthere are. Like National High Five Day, Pancake Day, Gummi Bear Day, etc. Almost everyday is something silly like that.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

I never celebrate Guy Fawkes Day. Maybe I should. :)

1:37 PM  
Blogger Pennie said...

Hello,

It is always good to stop and celebrate history. I love St.Urho's day because it allows me to be connected to be finish

Pennie

6:56 PM  

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