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I'm always looking for a reason and a way to celebrate! Getting together with family and friends is about the best thing ever. Sometimes, you just have to make your own fun. For example, If you look at a list of well known, or obscure holidays for May 5th, there are quite a few choices. In the past, we have focused on a few of them here on the blog. I decided that today I would choose my 3 favs out of those choices and share them with you. At the end, you can tell me which ones you will choose to celebrate, or maybe you will touch on all 3. Actually , that would be very easy to do in the case of my choices.
First, I will go with the obvious, Cinco de Mayo.
I grew up in the central valley of California and Cinco de Mayo was always celebrated by the Mexican community there. In school, there were always Ballet Folklorico performances and Mexican food. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It celebrates a particular battle, the Battle of Puebla, that was a victory over French forces in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is a great day to indulge in some great Mexican food. Arizona has some of the best Mexican food around, so we are really lucky. Of course, you an always cook up some of your own! Here are some posts to help you out!
Next, May 5th is when the National Day of Prayer falls this year. This holiday has a long history in our country, going back to 1775 when some of our founding fathers called on the nation to pray together. George Washington acknowledge a day of prayer and fasting in 1779. The day has carried on through the Presidents since then, including Abraham Lincoln who signed a Congressional Resolution establishing a day of prayer and fasting. Harry Truman actually signed the National Day of Fasting into law. Some Presidents have held events to commemorate the day while others make proclamations about it.
Because I have seen the power of prayer in my own life, I love to commemorate this day in my own way. I mean, I pray daily, multiple times actually, so just saying a prayer isn't really anything extra. But, in my heart I feel deep appreciation for the blessings that I have seen directly related to prayer. I am unashamed to share my testimony that God lives and hears and answers our prayers. So, here are some posts that we have shared that will hopefully uplift you as you ponder the power of prayer in your own life.
The third holiday on the 5th of May is National Hoagie Day, which is just kind of a made up holiday, to basically celebrate Hoagies, or in other words, delicious Sub Sandwiches. I guess this may conflict with your desire for Mexican food because of Cinco de Mayo, but you could get creative and make a south of the border flavored Hoagie! We don't have any recipes that are labeled "Hoagie", but we do have a few delicious sandwich ideas:
There you go! 3 fabulous reasons to celebrate the 5th of May! Which ones will you observe?
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!