Apparently a few youths were sent from from school in Kalifornia yesterday b/c they chose to wear shirts with the American Flag on them. The school said the boys were going to cause problems since it was the 5th of May, a big holiday for the state of Puebla, Mexico and widely celebrated in the US. This is ridiculous, and I have to ask out loud if the Asst Principal who sent them home wasn't named Miguel Rodriguez would this have even occurred? The school board has since issued a statement saying they do not support the actions of the Asst Principal. Its a sad day when American Citizens children are sent home from school for wearing T-shirts with the American flag on them. I encourage all citizens of the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia to move east to another state as soon as possible.
In all deference and respect to Mexico, a country I actually love to visit (I lived there for close to a year in the mid 90's while attending school in Merida, Yucatan), the 5th of May is not widely celebrated in Mexico, but mainly in the United States by immigrants looking for a celebration of their culture. Much as St. Patricks Day is a holiday for excess amongst the Irish-Americans and back home in Ireland it's a day to go to Mass, Cinco de Mayo is far more celebrated in the US, then it is in Mexico, where they celebrate Independence Day as their big national pride holiday. See more information at a wiki here
One other note, I have to say that usually I lean towards celebrating Cinco De Mayo since it does involve someone giving the French a beating. All kidding aside, I do love the historical French, the ones whose troops outnumbered the US Troops they were allied with during some battles and naval engagements during the War of 1812. Its the current French who only want to sell military arms to anyone with arms to hold them and money to buy them that drive me nuts.