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  • atypicalLIVING 6:22 am on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    May 5th: Cinco de Mayo and Boys Day 

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    May 5th hold special significance to people in Hawaii, mainly because of the dual nature of the day.  First off it’s traditionally Cinco de Mayo, which is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day.  Mexican Independence Day is actually September 16th.  May 5th actually represents the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  It is because of this unlikely victory that the day is celebrated.  While not an “mandatory” Mexican holiday, it is voluntarily celebrated in Puebla, the United States, and various parts o the world as a day of Mexican pride and heritage.

    Also going down on May 5th is Children’s Day aka Boys Day.  This day is usually celebrated in Japan as part of Golden Week.  This day features carp being flown all over the place because of the Japanese legend that carp swim upstream to become dragons.  This legend manifests itself into the flags being flown for each boy in the family.  This is used to wish health and long life to the boys in that family.  Up until recently, this day was designated as Boys Day.  it has since been renamed to Children’s Day, now used to celebrate the happiness of children throughout the country.

    Because of the very strong Japanese population in Hawaii, the tradition carries over here as well.

    So, enjoi the two events and celebrate with your favorite people today.

  • atypicalLIVING 9:35 am on May 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    Cinco De Mayo! and Boys Day! 

    Seriously, this is the only day that me wearing this shoe actually makes sense.  Pictured above is the Paul Rodriguez, Cinco de Mayo edition of last year’s Zoom Elite SB.  I’m actually wearing this shoe today, so if you see me out and about, notice the feet.

    Yes, that was taken right now… and yes, that is my set up with flick taken from my iPhone.

    Anyway, Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, so that’s why everyone’s all stoked about it.  Well, other than the fact that you get away with acting fully Mexican and spouting off random Spanish phrases that make zero sense.

    Also, it’s also Boys Day.  Tango-no-Sekku, is also known as the Boys Festival, where families in Japan fly carp to represent the  boys in the family, with the eldest being the biggest one and the others ranging in size, based on age.  The festival was started as an offshoot of a festival that the rural farmers used to partake in to ward off insects attacking the new crops.  The farmers would erect grotesque statues to scare the insects.  Later, these figures were used to represent fierce warriors, famed for their fighting skill.  As the figures became more artistically styled, they were displayed inside and instilled in young boys a sense of manliness and to ward off evil spirits.

    SO, now you know the story behind the holiday.  Go out and enjoy it.

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