November 14th National Spicy Guacamole Day
The Avocado was probably first used by the Aztec in Mexico thousands of years ago. Over the years just eating avocado got boring to some, not me, so they began to add things to avocados. Tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, chili, yogurt added to avocados is the start of guacamole. Add something like Jalapeno and all the sudden you’ve got spicy guacamole! Now I am not sure why we need a special day to celebrate spicy guacamole but since we have one, we might as well use it!
How to celebrate – Make some spicy guacamole today. Throw a party, with your family only, and see who can make the spiciest guacamole. Plant an avocado tree.
Nov. 2nd Day of the Dead Day
Today marks the end of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. It is celebrated beginning on October 31st. The Day of the Dead may date back to Aztec Festivals where one remembers the dead by building altars and placing the favorite foods of the departed in remembrance of them, and to help them with the spiritual journey as they move on in life. Yes, I said life because to those who believe in the festival, those that have died are still on a journey to reach their final resting place. It is considered a part of life, not the end of it. It certainly keeps the memories of those who have passed on before us alive!
How to celebrate – Visit Mexico. Dress up in Day of the Dead festive outfits. Remember those who have passed on fondly.
Today is a day of celebration in Mexican pride and culture. In fact, it is a celebration for most Hispanic people, celebrating along with Mexico, the rich and colorful songs, dancing, and parties associated with a mixed and exciting heritage.
For most of Mexico history they have been under the thumb of European countries. Spain obviously ruled Mexico having defeated the Aztec Empire, but it was France that drove the Mexican population to revolt against them, culminating with the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Independence did not come until September 16th from France but the battle was the beginning of the end.
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of that great victory and Mexico’s recognition of being a sovereign state after so many years of repression. Perhaps the strangest part of Cinco de Mayo is that it did not actually start in Mexico! It began in California, then an American territory, when the Mexicans living there heard of the victory over the French. They fired off rifles and fireworks to celebrate, and it quickly spread south to their native land.
Mexico has a rich and diverse background having been influenced by so many other nationalities. They have always been a colorful people who love dance, song and parties to express how they feel. And they always invite everyone else to share in their good fortune.
How to celebrate – Throw a party for your Hispanic friends celebrating their place in the world. Visit Mexico and take part in the culture. Dress the part today showing you support Cinco de Mayo.