Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

By Emily Smith

painted table / tonala owl / decorative pillow covers / chico cabinet
Traditional Mexican folk art is so vibrant and full of passion. I love the use of color and patterns! I think that adding any of the pieces above to your home would be a playful way to accent an otherwise neutral room. I’m particularly fond of the decorative pillows, how gorgeous are they?
Are you familiar with Cinco de Mayo? As a Canadian, I really only became aware of the holiday when I was living in New York City. A little background if you’re not sure what I’m talking about…
Cinco de Mayo officially commemorates the anniversary of an early victory by Mexican forces over French forces in the Battle of Pubela on May 5, 1862. It is not the anniversary of the defeat and expulsion of the French forces by the Mexicans, which occurred in 1867. It is also not, as is often assumed, the day of Mexico’s celebrations of independence, which are actually held on September 16. It is believed that the origins of Cinco de Mayo celebrations lie in the responses of Mexicans living in California in the 1860s to French rule in Mexico at that time.

Cinco de Mayo is seen as a day to celebrate the culture, achievements and experiences of people with a Mexican background, who live in the United States. There is a large commercial element to the day, with businesses promoting Mexican services and goods, particularly food, drinks and music. Other aspects of the day center around traditional symbols of Mexican life, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, and Mexican-Americans who have achieved fame, fortune and influence in the United States.” (reference: timeanddate.com)

Since May 5th is only two days away, let’s get the party started! 

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
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Emily Smith

Emily Smith is the founder and editor of The Best of this Life. She has two littles, a darling husband, and dreams of owning a new puppy. A gluten-free connoisseur, social media maven and reigning fashionista (in her own rights) – She loves writing and shares her three core values with her readers – love life, live well, share the beauty. Let’s dance, shall we?
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5 Comments on Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

  1. Alexa
    May 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm (2 years ago)

    So excited for Cinco de Mayo and I adore that sweet owl!

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  2. tinajo
    May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I have never heard of Cinco the Mayo but it really sounds fun – and that owl is just adorable, I´d have it in my home in a heartbeat! :-)

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  3. Nat
    May 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm (2 years ago)

    I love cinco de mayo! i’m excited for saturday and margaritas!!

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  4. Michelle
    May 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Love those pillows!

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  5. Ana Degenaar
    May 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Cinco de Mayo used to be one of my fave holidays. Eating tacos… and Mexican corn… I have no plans and no ingredients for tacos this year. It will be a bitter Cinco de Mayo. Sniff.

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