Sunday, May 06, 2007

Pictures From Mexico & Cinco de Mayo

Josh around 3 years of age in one of the gift shops near the Aztec Pyramids.

Josh, Shane, and I in a hat shop (obviously!) in Queretaro, Mexico.


Bellas Artes building - downtown Mexico City

Bull fighting ring

Country Club

Department Store, Pelanco


A taxi or two!



Being married to a Mexican, we had to make an attempt at celebrating Cinco de Mayo! He had to work, but some of his employees are Mexicans and great cooks! They made some of their favorite dishes and brought them into work Saturday to share with all the other employees. Hubby brought home some of the best food yesterday evening! Refried beans, home made salsa, Mexican rice, chilis with nopales (cactus). YUMMO!

Many confuse Cinco de Mayo as being Mexico's Independence Day. It seems that Cinco is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico, as a way to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. It commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico's real Independence Day is September 16. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the region of Puebla, as that is where a five year battle occurred. Maximillian and the French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867, five years after the Battle of Puebla.

I didn't cook anything for Cinco because it was also our church's Mother & Daughter Luncheon! I will share photos and details about that soon. It was a wonderful day and I admire the ladies and girls who put so much work into it. Not long after returning home from the luncheon, my friend Pat called to tell me they were making chicken enchiladas for supper in honor of Cinco de Mayo! Her family isn't even Mexican, but yet they put forth a bigger effort than we did in our household! Oh well! Maybe next year.

20 comments:

Dawn said...

Pam,
Thanks for visiting my blog. And thanks for the lesson on Cinco. I had always been taught that it was Independence Day. I love Mexican food, although I'm pretty sure most of what we eat way up north here isn't very authentic.

jennifer said...

Pam, I like you, am married to a Mexican (although he was born in Texas) his family celebrates Cinco De Mayo, here more than they ever did in Mexico.

But I am such a Mexican Food Fan...it is my weakness, and as a result has added to my frame!!!!

Oh well, I am too big a fan to give up enchiladas!

Sorry about the song, it is one that causes me great emotions. On my home school blog I think that I will share how much my wee precious daughter did to save my life!

Take care, have a wonderful week, Your NM blog friend!

Lyndy said...

Thanks for enlightening me. I really did not know the meaning of Cinco de Mayo. Glad you got to eat some yummy food. Now you have me thinking about it. (lol) Not a good thing at 1:30 in the morning.

Love and Hugs, Lyndy

PortraitofPeter said...

Thanks for sharing such this delightful posting and so luv the photo's too.

I take it the taxi driver's are having a snooze!!

Mexico does look so beautiful and perhaps one day - a visit.

Penless Thoughts said...

Loved the picture of your 3 year old son and the big sombraro (don't know how to spell it!! and no spell check!). Cinco de Mayo is a special day to Mickey & I because when he retired in 1997 that is the day we left Tulsa for our first 6 month trip in our RV to Alaska. We always remember that every 5th of May.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog today. You are a friend too!

groovyoldlady said...

Olé!!!!

Kitty said...

I loved the pictures--Josh in that enormous sombrero is my favorite one, too!! My stomach is growling at the mention of all the delicious Mexican food, too, and I just got up this morning!! :-)

Pat said...

You are sooo funny!

Tienen un buen dia!!

Las peliculas esta muy interesante.

Teresa said...

Thanks for sharing. Loved the lesson and the pictures.

Janie said...

Loved the pictures!

Julie's Jewels said...

I love the pictures you shared with us. I really was surprised....I know there are nice areas of Mexico but having never been I expected it to be pictures of nothing but run down buildings and dirt streets and not many cars. But that one picture of all the taxis took care of the thought about the cars...LOL! My mother in law is married to a Mexican and they used to celebrate it in their house...but they have gotten away from it the past several years due to my father in law's work schedule and such other things that keep them too busy to slow down to do anything. I never have known what the celebration was all about. I just knew it stood for the 5th of May...LOL!!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

We have a lot of Mexicans in our area.So I am WELL aquainted with Mexican food. It may be Tex-Mex but we love it. Do you know any good salsa recipes?? I love making it. We have a lot of Mexican and Mexican Americans in our church. My daughter is married to a Mexican. We have the best of both worlds and I'm loving it. I love the pictures. Be seeing you, connie from Texas

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Thanks for sharing the info and the pictures with us. I love mexican food, you were making me hungry!

Kelli said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time!! I enjoyed all of the pictures!
Kelli

Pallacanestro said...

should have bought me that hat! I could use it now that I'm working in the sun so much!

Caraqueña said...

A 5-YEAR battle! Sounds interesting!

Shane Rios said...

i do not like my hat

#1 CUBS FAN said...

Where did all the taxis come from?

Pat said...

That is a cool department store---such architecture!!

That is one cool sombrero, Shane!!

Pam said...

Cubs Fan: The taxi's are all parked awaiting calls from the International Airport in Mexico City.