Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cinco De Mayo

Cinco De Mayo is basically translated to 5th Of May for those that don't know, but I think everyone knows this by now. It's a US-Mexican holiday and it's a very big celebration for the Mexicans in the U.S. I live about 100 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, so there are lots of Mexicans who are residents here throughout Southern California and there are bound to be festivities and celebrations everywhere. I did a google search on the history and I found it very interesting. Click here to read up on the history. From my understanding, people in Mexico do not celebrate this day at all, but it seems like a very big and important day for the Mexicans that live anywhere in the U.S. While the Mexicans have good reasons to celebrate and have festivities, I think for those who are not Mexicans, but live in the U.S., a day like this is excuse to drink alcohol.

I went to Olvera Street in Downtown Los Angeles today. It's not a street for vehicles to drive on, but a small street for Mexican shops, resturants and a cultural museum. I have been here before and if one wants to learn about the Mexican culture, this little area is the place to be at. It's such a cute and quaint little street, and it's very cultural.

Day 78 Of
365 Project:

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is near the site of the early Los Angeles pueblo or town where forty-four settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than one-thousand miles across the desert from present-day northern Mexico and established a farming community in September 1781. Since that time, Los Angeles has been under the flags of Spain, Mexico and the United States and has grown into one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. Today, as a department of the City of Los Angeles, El Pueblo is a living museum that continues to fulfill its unique role as the historic and symbolic heart of the city, reflecting the Native American, African American, Spanish, Anglo, Mexican, Chinese, Italian and French cultures that contributed to its early history. Of the monument’s twenty-seven historic buildings, eleven are open to the public as businesses or have been restored as museums.

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