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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for Fifth of May, is  a Mexican holiday, often mistakenly thought to be Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16th. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico, but is recognized mainly in the state of Puebla and in many part of the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.  Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 in which the Mexican army under General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin defeated the much stronger invading French forces.

Celebrating the diverse backgrounds of Americans, such as through Cinco de Mayo, is a cherished tradition here in the U.S.  Did you know Mexican-Americans make up  9% of our population?  Unfortunately, these are not happy times for Mexico, and festivity seems insensitive.  Though swine flu has spread in many parts of the world, Mexico is the only country with deaths from the virus. Currently, 176 Mexicans have died. To combat the spread, Mexico is shutting down many parts of its economy, urging people to stay home.

My heart goes out to Mexico and its people. My family has visited a small town in Quintana Roo for years, and I consider it my favorite place in the world. Because we are a craft website first and foremost, I will share this Fabric Ornament which reminds me of the beautiful metal and glass star lamps that hang in shops throughout the area. Of course, we will all keep crafting and have Mexico in our thoughts. We will try and stay positive, hoping for the best.

“Al mal tiempo, buena cara”.

Mexican proverb- To bad times, good face.  Even in bad times, stay positive.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.