Throughout Mexico and the United States Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo
with pride and fervour. Will and Guy celebrate with humorous snippets.
- The Culture and
History of Cinco de Mayo
- Silly, But Funny
Jokes For Cinco de Mayo
- What is Cinco de Mayo?
de Mayo Trivia and Interesting Facts about Mexico
- A Little
History for Those Who May Not Know...
- What were the names of the two Mexican fire fighting brothers? Hose [José] A
and Hose B.
- Why doesn't Mexico have a Olympic team? Because every Mexican that can
run, jump, and swim is already across the border in the USA.
- Did you hear about the Mexican who threw his wife over a cliff? When the
police officer asked him why he'd done it he said, 'Tequila! Tequila!'
- What kind of cans are there in Mexico? Mexicans.
- After all these years, it's still embarrassing for me to play on the
American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and
he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye: Chi Chi Rodriguez
'With a golf gun,' the other detective replied.
'A golf gun? What's a golf gun?' 'I don't know, but it sure made a hole
Funny Cinco de Mayo Stories
The Inexperienced Chili Taster
Notes from an Inexperienced Chili Tester called Dan, who was visiting
Mexico from Texas.
This is how Dan reported his experience:
'Recently, I was honored to be selected as a judge at a chili cook-off
on Cinco de Mayo. The original person called in sick at the last moment and I happened to be standing there at the judge's
table asking directions to the beer wagon, when the call came. The other two judges (Native
assured me that the chili wouldn't
be all that spicy, and besides, they told me I could have free beer during the tasting. So I accepted.'
Here are the scorecards for the 8 Chili's
submitted for judging by Jose, Carlos, Fred, Bubba, Linda, Vera, Ana and Lester.
Chili # 1 Jose's
JUDGE ONE: A little too heavy on tomato. Amusing kick.
JUDGE TWO: Nice, smooth tomato
FRANK: Crikey, what the hell is this stuff? You could remove dried paint from your driveway. Took me two beers to put the flames out. I hope that's
the worst one. These Mexicans are crazy. Chili taster story continues....
Chili # 2 Carlos's
JUDGE ONE: Smokey, with a hint of pork. Slight Jalapeno tang.
JUDGE TWO: Exciting BBQ flavor, needs more
peppers to be taken seriously.
FRANK: Keep this out of the reach of children I'm not sure what I am supposed to taste besides pain. I had to wave off two people who wanted to give me the Heimlich manoeuvre.
They had to rush in more beer when they saw the look on my face.
Chili taster story continues ...
Most people don't know
that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In
fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for
delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the
great ship after its stop in New York.
This would have been the largest
single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico.... But as we
know....the great ship did not make it to New York....The ship hit an
iceberg and sank .... and the cargo was forever lost....
The people of
Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its
delivery .... were disconsolate at the loss....
Their anguish was so
great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning which they still
observe to this day.... The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May
5th.... and is known....of course....as Sinko de Mayo....
Ice Cream Parlour
Manuel Oliveira owned an ice cream shop in Mérida, Venezuela; and he
reported that he sold 567 flavours, including onion, chilli, beer, eggplant
[aubergine], smoked trout, spaghetti and parmesan, chicken with rice, and
spinach. He said some flavours fail; he once abandoned avocado ice
cream, and tossed out 99 pounds of it, because it wasn't smooth enough.
- The Mexican community celebrates more than 365 festivals each year. Cinco de
Mayo is just one of them.
- Although Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in Puebla, where the
battle was fought, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in America.
- The festival was 'invented' in America by a group of students back
in 1967. Each year since then Cinco de Mayo gets bigger thanks to
people of Mexican descent - and those who just like a good margarita!
- Did you know Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- Around 28.3 million of USA residents were of Mexican origin in 2006.
These residents constituted 9% of the nation's total population, and 64% of
the Hispanic population.
- Approximately 630,000 of Mexican-Americans are USA military veterans.
- The Maya in Central Mexico were the first people known to harvest and use
- Pineapple and papayas grew wild in Mexico, and were introduced to the
rest of the world by Spanish explorers.
- Around the 1860s, three American travellers began exporting resin from
the Zapote Blanco tree in Mexico after they noticed that it hardened when
exposed to air. The men found a way to turn it into a waxy substance, added
flavours and sweeteners, and sold it in small balls for a penny apiece,
calling it Adam's Chewing Gum from New York. Today, Americans chew seven
times more gum than the rest of the world.
- Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city, is where the Mexican Hat
Dance, sombreros and mariachi music are believed to have originated.
- The vanilla bean comes from an orchid plant discovered by Mexican Indians
who used it to add flavour to their cocoa and corn drinks. The world's
largest crop of vanilla beans still comes from Mexico.
On May 5th, 1862 in Puebla, Mexico, 4,000 Mexican soldiers triumphed over
twice as many French fighters. Mexicans celebrate that victorious
battle as Cinco de Mayo.
Today, Cinco de
Mayo is a joyous holiday celebrated with food, fun, parades, and plenty of
cerveza [beer] or tequila. Typically held during the first week of May;
Cinco de Mayo springtime events include carnivals, street fairs, and
multi-day festivals across the USA.
When Will and his family lived in Mexico, the children would play games
on Cinco de Mayo as part of the fiesta to celebrate. One game involved the filling of a hanging paper bag full of
sweets and candy]. Children were allowed into a circle of their friends and had a small
stick to wave around in an attempt to puncture the bag and gain the reward
of the "goodies". Fun was had by all, and there was none of the mocking of the Mexicans
which has seen an increase in recent years.
The best and most authentic Cinco de
Mayo celebrations occur in locations with the highest concentration of
Mexican people. Similar to St. Patrick's Day for the Irish and Columbus Day
in New York state, Cinco de Mayo
is one of those special times when everyone feels a little bit Mexican in
An Alternative Version of Cinco de Mayo History
The 5th of
May is not Mexican Independence Day, but it should be! And Cinco de Mayo is
not an American holiday, but it should be. Mexico declared its independence
from mother Spain on midnight, the 15th of September, 1810. And it took 11
years before the first Spanish soldiers were told and forced to leave
So, why Cinco de Mayo? And why should Americans savor this day
as well? Because 4,000 Mexican soldiers smashed the French and traitor
Mexican army of 8,000 at Puebla, Mexico, 100 miles east of Mexico City on
the morning of May 5, 1862.
The French had landed in Mexico (along with
Spanish and English troops) five months earlier on the pretext of collecting
Mexican debts from the newly elected government of democratic President (and
Indian) Benito Juarez. The English and Spanish quickly made deals and left.
The French, however, had different ideas.
Under Emperor Napoleon III,
who detested the United States, the French came to stay. They brought a
Hapsburg prince with them to rule the new Mexican empire. His name was
Maximilian; his wife, Carolota. Napoleon's French Army had not been defeated
in 50 years, and it invaded Mexico with the finest modern equipment and with
a newly reconstituted Foreign Legion. The French were not afraid of anyone,
especially since the United States was embroiled in its own Civil War.
The French Army left the port of Vera Cruz to attack Mexico City to the
west, as the French assumed that the Mexicans would give up should their
capital fall to the enemy -- as European countries traditionally did.
Under the command of Texas-born General Zaragosa, (and the cavalry under the
command of Colonel Porfirio Diaz, later to be Mexico's president and
dictator), the Mexicans awaited. Brightly dressed French Dragoons led the
enemy columns. The Mexican Army was less stylish.
ordered Colonel Diaz to take his cavalry, the best in the world, out to the
French flanks. In response, the French did a most stupid thing; they sent
their cavalry off to chase Diaz and his men, who proceeded to butcher them.
The remaining French infantrymen charged the Mexican defenders through
sloppy mud from a thunderstorm and through hundreds of head of stampeding
cattle stirred up by Indians armed only with machetes.
When the battle
was over, many French were killed or wounded and their cavalry was being
chased by Diaz' superb horsemen miles away. The Mexicans had won a great
victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for
another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the
world had ever seen. This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg
just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War.
Union forces were then rushed to the Texas/Mexican border under General
Phil Sheridan, who made sure that the Mexicans got all the weapons and
ammunition they needed to expel the French. American soldiers were
discharged with their uniforms and rifles if they promised to join the
Mexican Army to fight the French. The American Legion of Honor marched in
the Victory Parade in Mexico, City.
It might be a historical stretch to
credit the survival of the United States to those brave 4,000 Mexicans who
faced an army twice as large in 1862. But who knows?
thousands of Mexicans crossed the border after Pearl Harbor to join the U.S.
Armed Forces. As recently as the Persian Gulf War, Mexicans flooded American
consulates with phone calls, trying to join up and fight another war for
Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and
neither do Americans. That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party. A party
that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals which Mexicans and
Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of
May, 1862. VIVA! el CINCO DE MAYO!!
Thanks to David Sharpe for this Cinco de Maya article.
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