Diversity is good. At Bourke Accounting, we welcome pretty much everyone (unless you kick animals for fun. I swear, you will feel Bill’s highly shined Italian leather loafer if you do that). Our America culture has been greatly improved by the practices and beliefs of other countries. Although a lot of introduced food has been Americanized, could you image this country without pizza, shumai, vodka or tacos? No, ladies and gentlemen, no, you cannot.

Since tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, I thought I’d think on it a little.

I am embarrassed to admit that I, like many Americans, believed Cinco de Mayo to be a celebration of Mexican independence, comparable to our Fourth of July. I am equally embarrassed to admit that I really had no idea who Mexico gained independence from and it didn’t occur to me to check it out. Is this some sort of gentle, Americophile ignorance? I will have the decency to cringe as you respond in the affirmative.

So, why is Cinco de Mayo important? At the very essence, this holiday originated like a lot of others: the big dog pulled into town to wreak havoc and destruction and the little dog slapped his nose but good. In 1861, the Mexican government defaulted on loan payments to France. France then decided that all bets were off, figured they would now own Mexico through a bit of force and planned to set up a monarchy (Insider.com).

France had a lot more toys and trained soldiers than Mexico and thought the entire situation would be a nonissue when they invaded. However, on “their way to Mexico City, the French troops were stopped by Mexican forces in the town of Puebla” (Insider.com). The battle lasted less than a day and, by the time the French retreated, they had “lost nearly 500 soldiers [and] fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash” (History.com).

While this battle did not end the French aggression towards Mexico, it gave the people hope. It increased the determination of the Mexican people to resist tyranny and was a “great symbolic victory” (History.com). Like America’s war with England, the people banded together to free their country and, eventually (after about five years), did just that.

Oddly enough, outside of the town of Puebla, this is not a big holiday in Mexico; banks and stores are open everywhere except in Puebla (Insider.com). However, this is a holiday celebrating perseverance, dedication and love for home and country. How, then, did America turn it into something a little shady?

A lot of people who head out to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in this and other countries, use it as an excuse to get seriously drunk and wear sombreros and fake mustaches. In fact, in 2017, a United States governor posted that he would celebrate the holiday by engaging in stereotypical and racist endeavors, not including a link to that, sorry – I might be ignorant, but not insensitive.

On this Cinco de Mayo, I think we should spare a thought to all of the brave and dedicated people of the world who fight and win against seemingly impossible forces.

When you drop off paperwork to your Bourke Accounting bookkeeper or tax preparer, you will notice a deficit in fake mustaches. Bourke Accounting pros understand that America is made up of a lot of moving parts and all parts are worthy of respect. Your Bourke Accounting expert embraces the differences and the talents we all bring to the table and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Written by Sue H.