okay, someone explain to me why cinco de mayo is more popular in the united states than in mexico, especially considering it does not commemorate mexican independence day, but la batalla de la puebla, when mexican forces defeated napoleon's army in 1862. how does this figure more prominently in american history than mexico's independence that it is considered a fairly noteworthy day of celebration? also, why is this "foreign" holiday more interesting than the national japanese holiday of kodomo no hi, children's day, which is also celebrated on the fifth of may? kodomo no hi celebrates the respect of children and of promoting their general welfare, along with gratitude towards parents for raising their children well, while i think for the american majority cinco de mayo promotes drinking and partying but not necessarily the respect of the mexican culture. come to think of it, does the united states even have a national holiday that is about the mutual respect of children and their parents?
anyway, i'm not particularly well-versed in the rituals of children's day, but i do like what it stands for, and i'm happy that there's a big enough japanese community on island to enjoy some of the festivities. if you have children or if you are lucky to still have your parents around, maybe you can honour the day in your own little way, in regards to them. and hopefully it will be reciprocated. i'm sure it will.
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