|Valle de Bravo, Mexico|
Today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo yesterday, I want to share my favorite parable about a Mexican fisherman.
But first, I feel obligated to share a very brief history lesson (Spanish major = I took a bunch of classes on Latin American history in college + I’m married to a Mexican 😊).
I think this may be becoming more well known now, but did you know that Cinco de Mayo is not actually a highly celebrated holiday in Mexico? It is mostly an American holiday, really. 😉 Many people think that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence Day (equivalent to our 4th of July), but that is actually September 16th and IS highly celebrated in Mexico with parties, fireworks, parades, etc.
Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Mexico’s army wasn’t doing too hot in the 1800’s and lost a bunch of wars vs. European countries and became bankrupt. France was unwilling to grant a loan extension to Mexico, so they fought and Mexico surprisingly won this battle against the larger, more powerful French army. So, this was a big deal!
While the battle certainly has great historical significance, and has become a symbol of Mexico’s resilience against foreign domination, it is probably a bigger deal in the state of Puebla than elsewhere in the country. It is not even a federal holiday in Mexico. When I asked Ivan what he normally did to celebrate Cinco de Mayo growing up, he shrugged and said “nothing!” That’s not to say that no one celebrates and I can’t speak for all of Mexico, of course, but it’s just not the celebration that people in the U.S. make it out to be.
That being said, any day is a good day to eat Mexican food, drink Mexican drinks and celebrate an absolutely beautiful country and culture!
This parable has always been one of my favorites. I just love how it puts things in perspective. Enjoy!
The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment Banker (Author Unknown)
|Chelem, Yucatan Peninsula|
|Valle de Bravo|
|San Miguel de Allende|
|Somewhere in rural, central Mexico|
|Rural Mexico, Estado de Mexico|
|Xochimilco (Mexico City area)|
|Central Mexico, Estado de Mexico|
|Valle de Bravo|
|Teotihuacan (near Mexico City)|
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I am grateful for the richness that our bi-cultural marriage has brought to our family! I am grateful for the experiences my kids have had in Mexico that I hope have opened their eyes to different ways of life, different traditions and different cultural norms. I am grateful my kids have had exposure to another language and can communicate in it (despite not being perfectly fluent in Spanish). I am grateful for the unique travel opportunities I’ve had in Mexico that many American tourists might not otherwise have, the beautiful things I’ve seen, the wonderful people I have met and the delicious foods I’ve discovered!