Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Cinco de Mayo cultural disconnect

So we ALL know Cinco de Mayo. I raise a mole enchilada to Mexico's victory over French forces in 1862.

However, apparently yesterday, May 4th, is a different kind of holiday for different people. I think of the May 4th Movement in China, where students fomented a revolution.

I have learned from certain people that others celebrate Star Wars Day--as in, May the 4th be with you.

Who would you guess wins on Google (in terms of top-ranking searches), Star Wars fans, or all of China?

Anyway. Mole enchilada!

12 comments:

Stephanie McGee said...

I'm gonna go with Star Wars just because I like to think that there are bunches of closet fans out there who secretly chant "May the fourth be with you" all day.

Oh, is that just me?

I, too, celebrate Cinco de Mayo by indulging in favorite dishes of usually Tex-Mex origin.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

D. Robert Pease said...

May 4th around these parts is all about the shooting of four students during a Vietnam War protest, by National Guard troops at Kent State. Yesterday was the 40th anniversary.

Laurel said...

mmmmm. Mole. Think I'll make some for dinner tonight.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Oh my. 40 years since Kent State? Oh my. I think I need to gently plop down in my rocker now.

No wonder I'm craving Mexican food today.

The wife's pointing out we turn all bloodbaths into holidays about beer.

Dawn said...

Our local radio statio DJ was accompanied by R2D2 yesterday and repeated "May the fourth be with you" at every commercial break. I'm betting Star Wars wins out on the Google search :-)

Kay said...

All sorts of holidays lurk in the woodwork if you want to look for them. If one thinks of Holy Days as days you don't have to work, we could starve to death before we got anything written.

MarionG said...

The May the 4th pun and it's association with Star Wars is hilarious. Have never heard that before. Thanks for the smile.

Ms.PhD said...

happy revenge of the fifth.

Bernita said...

Ms PhD...!! and !!!

James W. Battee said...

When I think of "May the fourth be with you" it is the most important fourth to Americans- July 4th. It came a long time before Cinco de Mayo and even Bastille Day.

Bill Greer said...

May 4, 1970 and the shootings at Kent State was a day that changed me forever.

Anthrophile said...

China's gotta win, just because a lot of people who consider themselves Star Wars fans still wouldn't know about "May the Fourth Be With You."