I’ve spoken about this before, but it is my understanding that Cinco de Mayo, Fifth of May, traditionally is not a big deal in Mexico, as St. Patrick’s Day is taken for granted in Ireland. The more exuberant celebrations take place in the lands of the respective diaspora, aided by the general citizenry, always up for an excuse to feast and party. I’ve always thought it ironic that Mexican restaurants in my part of the world are slammed every May 5 (except this year!) by establishment locals with no more connection to Mexico than an appreciation for Tex-Mex cooking, while the staff, mostly Mexican in origin, works its collective tails off. That’s not to say the restaurant owners and workers don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I have a feeling that, for their own good reasons, they look forward to it every year. Feliz Cinco de Mayo, mis amigos, and here’s to a better 2021!