Cinco de Mayo, Grumpiness, Cartoonists, Chipotles, Hoagies, and Oysters

May 5, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Buenos días amigos míos, hoy es miércoles 5 de mayo de 2021. Hoy es el día 125 del año y quedan 240 días.

Cinco de Mayo

In case you haven’t been keeping score, today is Cinco de Mayo. Before I progress too much further, I must point out that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That holiday falls on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on this date in 1862. (Mexico had declared its independence over 50 years earlier, and that war was fought over unpaid debts owed to European governments.)
Cinco de Mayo is actually a minor holiday in Mexico. Celebrations are usually limited to the Puebla region of Mexico and consist mostly of military parades. This single battle signifies the defeat of European Colonial expansion in Mexico and a victory for the Mexican people.
Cinco de Mayo is much more popular here in America. It is celebrated in cities with large Mexican-American enclaves. Unfortunately, much like when everyone becomes Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone becomes Mexican on Cinco de Mayo. Even nonMexican-Americans use it as an excuse to get drunk on too much tequila and make an A$$ out of themselves.  In my humble opinion, this dilutes the significance of the holiday for those who truly have reason to celebrate it. And Americans wonder why they are hated by most of the rest of the world.
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, learn more about the Battle of Puebla. If you want to carry your celebration a bit further, plan an authentic Mexican dinner. Just go easy on the tequila and the Corona, and if you feel you must imbibe, please do so responsibly.

Great American Grump Out 

Great American Grump Out is celebrated annually on the first Wednesday in May. As you might suspect, this holiday urges us to try to forget about all of the crap in our lives that makes us grumpy – and focus on our more affable side.
I know that there are a lot of things to be grumpy about these days. The Covid-19 lockdowns, the economy, healthcare, gas prices, world strife, turmoil, and functional illiterates gaining notoriety on “Reality TV” — Oh yes, and the media circus surrounding our President. But never mind that. Try to stifle yourself – just for today.
To celebrate try Great American Grump Out, try to avoid dealing with the people who “piss you off” the most, such as petty, idiotic, brain-dead bureaucrats, or over-paid, lunatic-fringe, “talking head” network teleprompter readers (I won’t defame the few remaining honest journalists by referring to these clowns as “reporters”). Try to avoid being the “grammar Nazi” on Twitter and Facebook. It’s only for one measly day. You can go back to your curmudgeonly ways tomorrow.

National Cartoonists Day 

National Cartoonists Day is celebrated annually on May 5th. You can easily infer that this holiday celebrates cartoonists, but more specifically, it celebrates the date that the very first color comic strip was published in a newspaper. Over time, comic strips became a staple in almost every newspaper.
The burgeoning internet makes the future of comic strips uncertain. Even so, you can’t deny the impact they have had on society.
Most of my favorites, such as Peanuts, have already disappeared. However, you can still celebrate National Cartoonists Day. Just pick up a newspaper today and open it directly to the comics section. Also, cartooning isn’t limited to newspapers anymore. You can still find comic books in many bookstores or comic shops. There are many more sources for comics – cartoons, animation, children’s books, and greeting cards to name a few. You can also find some of the classic cartoons online as well.

Totally Chipotle Day

Totally Chipotle Day is celebr4ated annually on May 5th. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this holiday does not celebrate the mediocre national chain of Mexican-American fast-food restaurants. Rather, this holiday pays tribute to the smoky and flavorful chili – chipotle.  It is probably no coincidence that this holiday conveniently coincides with Cinco de Mayo, as a way to honor the uniquely Mexican heritage of the chipotle pepper.
Chipotles are a very popular kind of smoke-dried jalapeno chili that is found quite often in Mexican and Mexican-American cuisine. The unique chipotle smoking process lessens the burn you might have experienced with other jalapeno peppers.
To celebrate Totally Chipotle Day, cook chipotle-inclusive meals today in its honor. If you do want a little extra kick in your Totally Chipotle Day/ Cinco de Mayo dishes today, you can always add some extra chipotle peppers.
Author’s Note:
Don’t worry about having water nearby to stop the burn of the peppers – drinking water is actually the worst thing you can do if eating super-spicy food. Have some milk instead.

National Hoagie Day 

National Hoagie Day is celebrated annually on May 5th. You needn’t be a “sandwichologist” to deduce that this holiday celebrates the world-renowned hoagie sandwich.
Nothing screams Cinco de Mayo louder to me than a good old-fashioned Hoagie sandwich (removing my tongue from my cheek – NOW!). The popularity of the Hoagie sandwich is partly due to the diversity and variety of its contents. It can be hot or cold, luncheon meat or meatballs, and will contain cheese, or any of a variety of cheeses. Then, the fun begins as you pile on any number and combination of extras – such as onions, lettuce, peppers, olives, tomatoes, mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, ad infinitum.
Hoagies are also known as submarine sandwiches (or just, subs) and hero sandwiches. The difference in terminology is largely based on the region of the country in which you live. They are very popular throughout America. People eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and even as a late-night snack. They are a quick meal or people on the go.
To celebrate National Hoagie Day, all you need to do is enjoy a hoagie sandwich today. That’s it! What you put on it is entirely up to you.

Oyster Day 

Oyster Day is celebrated annually on May 5th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to conclude that this holiday celebrates one of the world’s favorite mollusks – oysters.
Oysters are shellfish or “mollusks” found in both freshwater and saltwater. They derive their sustenance by sifting food from the water around them. In doing so, 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 irritant by slowly secreting a substance called “nacre” around the sand. Ultimately, it develops into a pearl. However, not all oysters develop pearls.
Celebrating Oyster Day couldn’t be easier. Simply enjoy some oysters today – either at home or at your favorite seafood restaurant.
Seattle, Washington is the world’s largest producer of cultivated pearls. They are known as the “Oyster Capital of the World”.

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention. 

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