Tomorrow, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, is a day many schools and communities celebrate here in the U.S., as well as in Mexico. Often mistaken as Mexico’s celebration of independence, it actually is intended to celebrate the Battle of Puebla. It has, however, become more of a fun holiday that celebrates the Mexican way of life. To add to your enjoyment, here is a recipe from my favorite New Mexico area.
2 tbsp butter
1 can hominy, drained
1/2 tsp salt
1 onion, diced (medium)
1 can green chili, diced
1 cup cheese, grated (medium cheddar, Monterey, etc.)
Mix hominy in the frying pan to caramelize. Add onion and green chili. Heat until cheese melts.
If you are serving a main dish, add a pound of hamburger (fried), one can of tomato soup, and one can of green chili. Serve with toasted flour tortillas.
From Trevor Noah
From the April 30, 2020 episode: On Cinco de Mayo, you can help create a national salute to the first responders from your couch and have your family and friends do the same. Post your thank you using #CincUp. For every public post using #CincUp, ModeloUSA will donate $1 (up to $500K) to #FirstRespondersFirst to help get PPE to medical teams.
From ModeloUSA, an additional donation up to $500,000 as part of the #CincUp social fundraiser. This Cinco de Mayo, Modelo is encouraging people 21+ to celebrate from home while saluting and supporting first responders. For every public post on May 5 with #CincUp, Modelo will donate $1 to #FirstRespondersFirst. (Thrive Global)
Butterflies in Mexican Culture
Because of its importance in Mexican culture, it is also a day to celebrate the monarch butterfly. Whether you celebrate Cinco de Mayo Day or not, this holiday would be a good opportunity to take the time to learn more about the monarch butterfly migration and to explore the native plants that attract these butterflies to your garden or yard. Plant more of these plants at your home or encourage your employers and your communities to plant more in their green spaces.