Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

The fifth of May has evolved into a celebration of parades and parties in the United States as the Cinco de Mayo excitement spreads through Mexico’s northern neighbor.

The May 5th holiday celebrates an important day in the history of Mexico, its roots stemming from the "Batalla de Puebla.” After years of occupation by the French, the smaller and less-equipped Mexican Army held a victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Pueblo, an unlikely victory as the French had not experienced a defeat in decades. While this victory didn’t turn the tide on the war, it understandably created an intense pride in having overcome overwhelming odds.

This holiday with quieter and historical roots in Mexico has evolved in the U.S. to a celebration of cultural pride and heritage similar to St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest and Chinese New Year. Whether it’s pride, commercialism, unity or a good reason for parties and parades (probably all of those!), Cinco de Mayo continues to grow in the U.S.

In celebration of the holiday, here are some fun links we wanted to share with you:

Oriental Trading – My favorite online source for for parties, themes and gift bags.  Parents, you could use this store to plan your own fun family culture-inspired celebrations.

35 Words and Phrases translated from English to Spanish with a pronunciation guide - Check this out if you want to learn for fun or if you are preparing to be a courteous traveler.

Easy home recipe for a healthy knock-off of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza by the author of the upcoming book, “Eating Well on the Road”, Candy Harrington.

Cilantro- Everyone seems to love it or hate it. It’s my favorite herb. Here’s a great link to recipes, storage, cooking and an FAQ for cilantro. offers a page of "Top 20 Mexican Recipes." Yum!

Cozumel is one of the most popular Western Caribbean itinerary stops.  Cruise ships use International Pier, Punta Langosta Pier and Puerta Maya Pier. Puerto Maya offers a website full of great information and a live webcam.

Mexico’s ports have never been more popular. From traditional Mexican Riviera itineraries which visit its west coast, Western Caribbean which call on its east coast or Panama Canal cruises which also visit western Mexico. When you are planning your cruise, be sure to team up with a cruise specialist from Connie George Travel Associates.

Do you have a favorite Mexican recipe, book, singer, beverage or item? Let us know by commenting below.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

~ Connie 

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