Cinco de Mayo – When you think of, and celebrate, Cinco de Mayo, do you have any clue what it is you are actually celebrating? It’s an awesome day in Mexico’s history, but it would be nice if everyone who celebrates it would at least have an idea of WHY they are! It’s not just food, margaritas and more food. On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle dignified the defeat of a European colonial power, and was a great victory for the Mexican people. This single battle is the root of Cinco de Mayo. Many believe that this is the celebration of Mexican Independence, but it isn’t. That comes on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo has come to be more than just one battle in the history of Mexico, it has come to signify Hispanic and Mexican pride and a time to celebrate their rich culture. It is a time of song, dance, partying and in general a time to be proud of their history. As for why we celebrate it here in the U.S.? Well, we do have a large Hispanic population, but it seems it is a good reason to enjoy good food, great beverages and friends or family.
Cartoonists Day – I remember when I was little I had to wait until my father was finished with the newspaper before I could look at it. At that time, nothing in it mattered except for the comics, and I remember them as being truly funny! I loved Family Circle, Dennis the Menace and a few others. Lately, the funny seems to be gotten lost somewhere so I don’t bother any more, but back then, it was something to really look forward to – especially in the Sunday paper. Today is Cartoonists Day, which is in celebration of the very first color comic strip, published on May 5th in 1895. It was called The Yellow Kid. Gradually the comics became a staple in every newspaper in the country and that’s why we celebrate this today! Cartoonists do far more than the papers though, they do animation, greeting cards, kids books, illustration – even toy and game design are heavily saturated with the work of talented cartoonists.
Childhood Stroke Awareness Day – My first thought when I saw this day was that I had no idea babies and children had strokes. Apparently that is a very common response, which is why this day was created, to bring awareness to the issue. The stories are heart breaking, the science involved. I have linked this site for you to check out. It’s fascinating, yet so heartbreaking. I would have written more on it, but I really wanted the topic to be done properly.
International Midwives’ Day – International Midwives Day was first celebrated on May 5, 1991. Since that time, it has been celebrated every year on May 5 and over 50 nations recognize its importance. Midwifery care is needed internationally. Midwives fill a special role in maternity care by decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Midwives honor mothers and babies, and they believe in the ability to birth without unnecessary intervention. Celebrating this day will bring more positive publicity to midwifery care that will entitle women to a larger selection of birth choices. If I could have a do-over with my kids, knowing in hindsight how simple and quick my deliveries were, I would have done it at home with a midwife. Live and learn though.
Totally Chipotle Day – Wooooweeee! Hot one comin’ through! May 5th is Totally Chipotle Day – conveniently coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, to honor the uniquely Mexican heritage of the chipotle pepper. Chipotles are a very popular kind of smoke dried jalapeno chili that are found frequently in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine. Today we pay tribute to this flavorful chili and cook chipotle-inclusive meals in its honor. The unique smoking process lessens the burn you may have had with other jalapenos, so maybe you won’t need to drown the flavor in water. If spicy sauces are something you appreciate, please include them in your meals today!
Motorcycle Mass & Blessing of The Bikes Day – I giggled at first when I saw this celebration, but now that my hubby has a motorcycle and is commuting to work on it, I’m thinking maybe it’s not such a bad idea! I’m not Catholic, and have no clue about patron saints and all that, but the blessing idea is awesome. So here’s the deal with this day . . .For some, getting out on the open road with their motorcycle is nearly a spiritual experience. Today this connection becomes even deeper as riders gather for a special mass to have their bikes blessed. Motorcycle riders even have their very own patron saint! St. Columbanus of Bobbio lived from 540 – 615 AD and was known for being rugged, handsome and irresistible to women. Apparently he even had quite a liking for beer. It is said that one of his miracles involved creating more bread and beer for a gathering. All of this together makes it sound like he’s a good Patron Saint for motorcyclists. Here are two great bike blessing prayers that I found. Enjoy and if you are a rider – be safe out there!
- “May God in Heaven fulfill abundantly the prayers which are pronounced over you and your bikes on this occasion of the Blessing of the Bikes. May God bless your going out and coming in; May the Lord be with you at home and on the road. May He accompany you when you start on your many journeys: May He fill your lives abundantly with many blessings; May He keep all your rides safe. May His mercy, grace and love shine upon your every path. In Christ Name, Amen”
- “May God bless you and keep you safe on this machine. May you meet and encounter the risen Lord in your travels, in the freedom of the open road, the fellowship of other bikers and in each person you meet. May the Lord be with you at home and on the road. May he accompany you when you start on your many journeys; May he fill your life abundantly with his many blessings; May he keep all your riding safe. May his mercy, grace and love shine upon your every road. Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
Go with God and may your journeys be blessed.
Food Celebrations of the Day –
National Hoagie Day – The Hoagie sandwich goes by different names, Hoagie, Sub and Hero. This big sandwich is a regular part of many diets in America. They are eaten for lunch, dinner and even as a late night snack! It’s a perfect on-the-go meal for people who are running from one place to another. The popularity of the Hoagie sub is partly do to its versatility. It can be hot or cold, made with lunch meat, or meatballs. It can have cheese, or not, and be loaded with veggie . . . or not. Depending on the person making or eating it. What’s not to like about that?
Oyster Day – Oysters are a shellfish, or “mollusks” found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem. (bad pun – I know) In the ocean (or freshwater for some types), oysters sift food from the water around them. When they do this, they sometimes pick up a piece of sand or grit. If that piece of sand or grit gets lodged in the oyster’s system, the oyster reacts to the irritantion by slowly secreting a substance called “nacre” around the sand. Eventually, it develops into a pearl. Do all oysters develop a pearl? No, but wouldn’t it be great to open one up to find a sparkling pearl!? Oysters are a delicacy, enjoyed by many. Some folk love oysters, especially the “upper crust”. Others find oysters to be an acquired taste. I personally have never actually eaten an oyster and would have to be starving – literally – before I’d have one. If you are so inclined, you can celebrate Oyster Day by eating oysters, Or, buy some pearls for yourself – now THAT is the best way to celebrate Oyster Day! Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producers of cultivated pearls. They are known as the “Oyster Capital of the World”. I find that to be slightly funny, since I live about 45 minutes from Seattle and had NO idea about that.
Cinco de Mayo – and of course, the most common foods eating today . . . Mexican food! Here are a few ideas from www.food.com to get you started.
To help you with your next Mexican Food Celebration, here is a tool that I use all the time. I absolutely LOVE my cast iron tortilla press. Since starting to make my own corn tortillas from scratch I know I’ll never go back to store bought. There are all sorts of other wonderful items to help you have a great celebration – but this is an awesome place to start.
I seem to be in the habit of getting these posted so late on the weekends. My excuse? Well. . . I don’t really have one. I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed Sunday morning and can find something wonderful to celebrate today. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!