I don't know much about this holiday, other than it can be quite the party so I looked up some information @ MEXonline. There is some good history but the following is actually what I found most interesting. It is information about Cinco de Mayo in the present. Check this out (all info can be found on the above link)
For the most part, the holiday of Cinco de Mayo is more of a regional holiday in Mexico, celebrated most vigorously in the state of Puebla. There is some limited recognition of the holiday throughout the country with different levels of enthusiasm, but it's nothing like that found in Puebla. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico. Commercial interests in the United States and Mexico have also had a hand in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that Cinco de Mayo has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.
I guess Americans just like to find a reason to party for anything.
Now me, I love a good party, but I love being on the beach even more. In fact, I pretty much am having beach withdrawals at this point in time. Don't worry, I have Jimmy Buffet playing most of the time and actually have the following picture as my background on my computer:
(feel free to download your own tropical wallpapers and buddy icons at Margaritaville.com. If you go to the home page, you can find the best Margarita maker, the most comfortable flip flops on the planet (trust me, I am a bare foot kind of girl, but I can actually live in these flop flops!!), cute clothes, info on his new book, tour dates, info on his charitable foundation and even listen to Margaritaville Radio live! Yes, I am a parrot head!!
But since it will be awhile before I make it to the beach, someone sent me the most amazing sand sculptures (there are some really talented people in this world) and I want to share them with you!
Pictures below are from a beach in Maryland . Isn't the artwork awesome? The man creates new ones each day, as the ocean washes away his work every day. This is Chuck Ritchey, Sr. The author of the original email states: I have watched this man work on the beach at Ocean City , MD. Each time I watch him I marvel at his talent and fortitude because it is true that his works get washed away with the tide and he does them again. He is certainly a witness for Jesus Christ as thousands of people, in the course of a day, view his work and watch as he crafts his treasures. May his message be viewed by many.