Finding a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the UK (where no one's ever heard of the holiday) is kind of an elusive task.
Sainsbury's, one of the biggest grocery stores in the country, is having a sale on Corona beer. Mexican food chain Wahaca is giving away free burritos in Manchester. That's.....pretty much all I could find online.
Not that I was really intending to 'celebrate' much myself, per se. I don't have any Mexican heritage, and even when I lived in the U.S. (where it is actually quite a big deal--even if no one knows what it actually commemorates), I didn't really do anything in particular for it.
But it does bring back memories of the only time I actually visited Mexico, a trip to Cancún in late 2012, when I - much to my surprise - discovered a certain fondness for margaritas. Who knew? I've never been a big drinker, and tequila was certainly never my liquor of choice. But there was something about that entire trip - the Mayan ruins, the cenotes, the sombreros, the giant lizards, the beautiful resort, the company I kept - where every time I've had a margarita since, it brings a smile back to my face. Funny the little associations you notice sometimes.
And so, my own little commemoration of the 1862 Battle of Puebla is really more of a commemoration of Those Happy Moments I had exactly 150 years later. And I think that's worth raising a glass to.
Or maybe I just needed a drink.