Why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo

As I have already described Cinco de Mayo in previous years’ blog posts – I thought today we would take a look at the holiday from another blogger. Please enjoy WQAD.com’s holiday explanation.! Salud.!!

May Holidays in Mexico– El Dia de La Santa Cruz y El Dia del Albañil–Day of the Holy Cross and Bricklayers’s Day

Please enjoy this blog post about May holidays from SurvivingMexico.com as I have been travelling.! More on that later 🙂

Surviving Mexico

A cross is placed atop any structure currently under construction on May 3. A cross is placed atop any structure currently under construction on May 3.

Originally, May 3 was known as the The Day of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (El Dia de La Santa Cruz), but was removed from the holy Catholic calender in 1960 by Pope John XXIII. However, Mexicans will do what they wish and since the construction workers had long been celebrating this day as their special feast day, it remains, and is now more commonly known as El Dia del albañil (Bricklayers’ day).

This Mexican tradition began with the Spanish churches built in the 1500’s. On the Day of the Holy Cross, a cross, imagine that, was set at the top of the church and workers were given food and drink as reward for a job well done. The workers burned copal (incense) and fireworks were set off to frighten away any evil spirits…

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