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Cinco de Mayo a holiday for all

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By Jay Miller

On Sunday, America will celebrate the most increasingly popular day of
the year.
It is ironic that just four days earlier, on May 1, we almost completely ignored the celebration of a day with many reasons to observe.
May 1 has been celebrated as a pagan festival to welcome spring and encourage fertility since long before the beginnings of Christianity; then it was International Workers Day; then the day the Soviet Union paraded its military hardware; then it was Law Day and Loyalty Day.
International Workers Day still is celebrated in most industrialized countries, but in the United States and Canada, we recognize labor in September, so May 1 passes without notice.
But on May 5, we let it all hang out. It is Cinco de Mayo and we celebrate a Mexican victory in a small battle to stop the French invasion, which soon succeeded in taking over the country.
The big celebration in Mexico is on Sept. 16, commemorating victory in the long struggle for independence from Spain.
So if the United States wants to help its neighbor to the south celebrate a glorious occasion, why don’t we celebrate their biggest day on Sept. 16?


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