Saturday, May 5, 2012

What Is Cinco De Mayo?


Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day -- the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico -- which is actually celebrated on September 16.

Cinco de Mayo -- or the fifth of May -- commemorates the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.


I read an interesting article titled "Why Fiction Is Good For You."

Below is the first paragraph --

Is fiction good for us? We spend huge chunks of our lives immersed in novels, films, TV shows, and other forms of fiction. Some see this as a positive thing, arguing that made-up stories cultivate our mental and moral development. But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. It’s an ancient question: Does fiction build the morality of individuals and societies, or does it break it down?

It's a pretty long piece (5 sections) so if you want to read it, you might wish to wait until you have some extra time on your hands.


1.  persistently carry out attacks on.
2.  persistently harass.
3.  annoy continually or chronically.



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Died Apr. 6, 1998
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Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

--Will Durant

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