Like many people in the U.S., we have been celebrating Cinco de Mayo for several years.
Usually we do so by either eating at or getting take-out from a Mexican restaurant.
Last year we ordered take out from Qdoba, and it was quite hectic. While there was no diners eating in (you weren’t allowed), there seemed to be dozens of online orders that completely overwhelmed the staff. They were working non-stop, but it was impossible to stay up with the deluge and the result was significant delays in getting the orders completed. Our order was finally ready after one hour. Please note I am not criticizing Qdoba here. I was happy they were open, the employees were working as hard as they could, and the food was delicious.
This year, in a pre-emptive move designed to beat the crowd and avoid long delays, we decided to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today, on May 4th. We ordered take-out from a wonderful local Mexican restaurant, Buena Vista.
And just like we hoped, there was no line. While picking up the food, I wished the owner good luck with tomorrow, and he said it would be a crazy day. But I am sure they are looking forward to it.
But now my fear is that when tomorrow rolls around, I’ll feel like I cheated the holiday by getting my food one day early.
After all, people don’t celebrate Christmas on December 24 or New Year’s Eve on December 30.
But I’ll keep telling myself how rational the decision to celebrate a day early was, while I ponder what to do with the extra hour I’ll pick up in my day.
And maybe we’ll celebrate May the 4th be with you tomorrow…
By the way, if you’re not sure what Cinco de Mayo is all about, here is a brief blurb from History.com:
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.