Cinco de Mayo: Not So Big in Mexico

Mexico is a fiesta-happy country so we presumed Cinco de Mayo would warrant a big blowout celebration that would put the 2-for-1 margarita specials that “Mexican” food chains in the US trot out every May 5 to shame. Turns out, Cinco de Mayo is not so big in Mexico, with one big exception.

De-bunking Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is essentially a regional holiday celebrated in the city of Puebla to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over better equipped and much larger occupying French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

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Battle of Puebla

Anywhere outside of Puebla, however, Cinco de Mayo is just something mentioned in history class.  Oh well, let’s have a cerveza anyway.

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Air Show Over the Lake – Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

A sunny day, a beautiful lake and an impressive display of aerial acrobatics. Oh, and cheap cold beer and good friends. Sign us up!

Sorry you couldn’t be there, but we hope you enjoy these photos of the Red Bull Air Team performing at the Lake Chapala Air Show. There’s even some video at the bottom of this post.

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Just Passing Through – Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, Mexico

The tiny but charming town of  Talpa de Allende is in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Jalisco state. It’s normally pretty sunny and sleepy (except for bustling handmade candied fruit factories and a bustling coffee industsry). But the town also draws tens of thousands of visitors during annual pilgrimages to visit the town’s  “miracle causing” virgin. We simply passed through Talpa one afternoon, but our brief visit was enough to make us want to return.

The church in Talpa de Allende is home to one of the most venerated virgins in all of Mexico. Apparently it's also home to a fake pony photo prop.

The church in Talpa de Allende is home to one of the most venerated virgins in all of Mexico. It's also home to a fake pony photo prop too.

The shrine of the Virgin Rosario of  Talpa is one of the most venerated religious sites in all of Mexico.  Three pilgrimages are conducted every year to the site. The Virgin allegedly has healing powers, and many people visit the statue annually to ask for miracles.

The Virgin Rosario of Talpa. She may be responsible for miricles, but she sure is tiny.

The Virgin Rosario of Talpa. She may be responsible for miricles but she sure is tiny.

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