May is National Salsa Month and I think that is wonderful because tomorrow we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for May 5th. Most Arizonans celebrate this day with parties, delicious Mexican food, Piñatas, Mariachis and dancing – probably doing the Salsa.
Cinco de Mayo is often said to be in honor of Mexican Independence Day, but the holiday actually commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the United States, we have turned it into a big party, but interesting enough Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico.
I think we just like to party. I do, and you can think of me eating green corn tamales, beans and rice, and maybe a marguerite, at a party I’m attending. I’m not sure I know how to do the Salsa, but I’m going to give it a whirl.
By Lois Jamieson
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