I was pleasantly surprised that there were several celebrations for San Jacinto Day around these parts. Although the day is commemorated, the celebrations are often rolled into other activities, almost as if they were hiding its true significance. The events commemorating San Jacinto Day were all decent and upright forms of activities. The celebrations for San Jacinto pale in comparison to Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Although the commander of the Mexican forces was a Texan, that is rarely mentioned. Cinco de Mayo is often a riotous excuse to drink. Perhaps this type of celebration is fitting for the holiday and culture. Texas does have a legitimate reason Cinco, yet I do not understand the massive celebrations throughout the south of the holiday. It is one of the few celebrations of a military victory done on a large scale.
During the time that Cinco occurred, we were at war with the Yankees. There were numerous battles of larger size and of greater significance than Cinco. I guess that celebrating Cinco is safe since you do not offend a Yankee in doing so. Although it is a major NO-NO to fly another nations flag in Mexico, they do not hesitate to do so here. I wonder if the celebrants forget where they are, and the freedoms they have here. If they remembered the freedoms they had in Mexico, it seems that they would want to celebrate it there.
These are just of few observations on culture and celebrations.
Our culture is worth preserving.
J MurrahNo Tags