Monthly Archives: May 2013

Happy Mules Day!

Mules Day or The Thursday of Corpus is considered one of the oldest traditions of Catholicism in Mexico.

Today is a day to celebrate with family, dress up in traditional attire and go to church. In Mexico City, families meet at the Metropolitan Cathedral to get the blessings and commemorate Thursday of Corpus, which has been observed since 1526.

Like any other celebration in Mexico, Mules Day is a vibrant and colorful day where children are the main stars. They dress up in traditional indigenous attires and gather outside church recreating different times in history. They bring with them food, tools, and animals adding to the celebration a festive atmosphere. Every year, families take pictures of the children to add them to the family photo album.

Street food, street art, sugar candy vendors, balloons, old-style photographers, and all kinds of performers get together in the plaza around the Cathedral to complete this celebration.

Modern times in a modern city

Although this tradition has been alive for centuries, changes in life style, specially in Mexico City have certainly changed the way this celebration is held each year. Women now work full time and few can attend the celebration with their children. Still, grandmothers are the ones keeping alive Mules Day to honor their ancestors.

Mexico City is a big city and as such, laws have been put in place to avoid extreme disruption of traffic. Therefore, every year is more difficult for vendors and craftsmen to come to the city to participate. Still, some of them manage to sell their goods, including traditional handcrafts with mules made out of corn husks and painted in vibrant colors, just like Mexican folk art.

mulitasHappy Mules Day!

Mission accomplished!

Thanks to all that came to celebrate 5 de Mayo, our first one here at Cuchara! We had a Sunday filled with music, traditional food from Puebla, and lots of tequila! Our costumers the best!

The battle of Puebla is the true celebration for 5 de Mayo and we had an amazing gathering for our fiesta! We had raffles for bottles of tequila, toritos, free appetizers, free drinks, and a beautiful piñata.

China Poblana piñata

China Poblana piñata

Our appetizers, enchiladas de mole poblano and the chilaquiles trio were a hit.

food

This was our first 5 de Mayo of many more to come!

What is 5 de Mayo:
A very special occasion to remember the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862 near the City of Puebla. Mexico had a the time a poorly-equipped unit of 4,500 Mexican soldiers, yet they still defeated a powerful French invasion force almost twice its size. 5 de Mayo is a day to remember Mexican pride and dignity, and to celebrate our sovereignty.