After a hiatus from participating in my favorite WordPress blogging challenge (actually …a hiatus from blogging in general) I am submitting the following photos for this week’s theme from Sara Rosso, Patterns.
I immediately thought of the photos I took at the Marina (Monterey County, California) farmers market this past Sunday, the 5th of May.
I enjoyed the lovely costumes with repeating patterns and colors from a group performing folk dances for Cinco de Mayo.
Huddling together in preparation for their performance — and for photo opportunities — were the cutest little girl and boy, who seem to enjoy the attention and cameras pointed at them…
More about Baile Folklorico – traditional Latin American dances here…
Cinco de Mayo events in the United States celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, and are very popular.
And of course, as with anything that can be commercialized, the popularity of Cinco de Mayo celebrations can also be attributed to beer companies promoting the event. From the website, Hispanic Culture On-Line, Cinco de Mayo history:
The commercialization of Cinco de Mayo started because Coors Brewing Company wanted to improve its image among Hispanics who used to boycott the brewing company for alleged discriminatory practices….click here to read the article
Related article…Cinco de Mayo now a mainstream holiday, from SF Gate / San Francisco Chronicle.
Are there Cinco de Mayo events and celebrations where YOU are?