May 5, 2011

A Vintage Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, is a holiday held on May 5 that commemorates Mexico's victory, at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862, over the French.

Often confused w/Mexico's Independence Day, which is on September 16th (the date, in 1810, that the Mexican War of Independence began), it is primarily a American phenomenon, specifically started in California, and signifies a celebration of pride in Mexican heritage and culture.

Whereas Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican victory over the French, Mexico's Independence Day is a celebration of Mexico's freedom from Spanish rule.

Mexico is a country of vast heritage and exceptional works of art.

Some of the more collected Mexican items in the vintage marketplace are:
  • Sterling Silver Jewelry
  • Mexican Textiles
  • Mexican Pottery
  • Table & Service Ware

Vintage 50s Cinco de Mayo Tablecloth
offered by Bonton Vintage


Nora-transient*treasures said...

Great Post, Kim!! THANK YOU!! Cinco de Mayo is quite big here in CA, and very dear to my heart since I met my wonderful husband on 5-5-83!!!! Also, I collect Mexican textiles, KE pottery, and sterling bangles. :~)

Niftic Vintage said...

Wonderful info! Thanks for sharing this wealth of interesting facts.

cherrylippedroses said... so much for including my magnificent Los Castillo cuff in this blog! These people were the greatest silversmiths in the world and were guided to their Mexican Silver Renaissance by a Yankee from NY...William Spratling...he loved these people, their traditions, their smithing, and their silver mines...again, thanks so much...CLR