Today Radio Riel celebrates the Mexican-American holiday of “Cinco de Mayo” by highlighting Mexican Folk music, Mexican musicians and composers as well as some American Folk music from the mid-19th Century, which musically illustrates the historical connection between Cinco de Mayo and the American Civil War.
Cinco de Mayo is similar to Saint Patrick’s Day in that the two holidays have gained great significance in the United States among the descendents of the first generation citizens. While the holidays are celebrated in their countries of origin, there is a larger focus on them in the US.
The Battle of Puebla, the root of Cinco de Mayo, occurred on May 5, 1862 as the Mexicans struggled under French occupation. The American Civil War was underway at the same time and the early Cinco de Mayo celebrations not only commemorated the Battle of Puebla but also focused on the ideas of freedom and democracy. Therefore today’s program mixes Mexican music of all kinds with American Folk as a nod to the events in both Mexico and the United Stated in the year of 1862.
Today’s program is presented by Gabrielle Riel. If you are in the United States, please click here to launch the Stream Licensing player. To listen from outside of the United States, click here to start your player .