Historic City News takes note that on June 7, 2005, the U.S. Congress issued a Concurrent Resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe “Cinco de Mayo” with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
In a 2006 study in the Journal of American Culture, it was reported that the number of official “Cinco de Mayo” events in the United States was 150 or more.
In the United States “Cinco de Mayo” has taken on significance beyond that in Mexico.
The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry — much as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry.
Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin. To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate pupils about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing.
So, for all our readers, absorb yourself in the spirit of the holiday today — whether you are Mexican, or, just Mexican at heart.
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