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Pass the Guacamole: 6 Reasons to Celebrate in May

Published on May 10, 2013 by Staff Writer

Every year, the month of May greets us like a ray of sunshine with warmer weather and a variety of holidays. It’s the time of year when we trade in our wool coats and Ugg boots for beach shorts and flip-flops. We plan family vacations, attend graduation ceremonies, and dress up for our friends’ weddings. Indeed, May brings with it holidays of all kinds—not to mention an extra helping of seasonal allergies.

Cinco de Mayo – May 5th

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Spanish for “pass the guacamole,” even though Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on this day. It is actually Spanish for “fifth of May,” and it commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. What this means for Americans is that we have an excuse to stuff our faces with chips and salsa all night while wearing a sombrero and hitting a piñata.

Broadview University-Orem’s students enjoyed some Cinco de Mayo festivities on campus earlier this week. James Reid was even willing to wear a piñata hat. Way to get in the holiday spirit, James!
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National Teacher Day – May 7th

The motto of this holiday goes something like this: Teachers are underpaid, under-appreciated, overworked, and have the hardest job in the world. It’s because of our teachers that we are who we are today. We owe them our lives. Okay, maybe I went a little too far with that last bit, but you get the idea.

Mother’s Day – Second Sunday in May

Freshly cut flowers, sappy Hallmark cards, fancy restaurant dinners, and pretty much anything else that communicates a message of “Mom, I love you,” are customary gestures on this day of pro-motherhood. The worst thing you can possibly do is forget Mother’s Day, so mark this date on your calendar and find some way to show your mom you love her (lest you face the consequences).

Armed Forces Day – May 18th

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman initiated this holiday for all the citizens of this great nation to come together and pay homage to our fellow Americans serving in the military. I contest that in order to fully reflect on the contributions of these brave men and women, I need the day off of work. Possibly two days off of work—maybe up to a week off in order to properly salute these heroic members of society. (In other words, we can never express enough thanks to those who fight for our freedom.)

Pentecost – May 19th

Without feeling like I’m giving a Sunday school lesson (and trust me, I’m not qualified), Pentecost is a Christian holiday that celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Twelve Apostles and other followers of Jesus as described in the Bible. Many Christians regard the Pentecost as the “Birthday of the Church,” and that’s reason enough to celebrate!

Memorial Day – Final Monday in May

Quite possibly my favorite May holiday (except, of course, for Mother’s Day—love you, Mom!), this holiday gets it right. It commemorates our brave soldiers who died while fighting for freedom. It’s always the last Monday of May, and it always means a day off of work, school, and anything else you had planned . . . unless your plans included a beach trip to Hawaii, then enjoy your three-day vacation!

May your May be filled with all kinds of mayhem and may you remember to always express much appreciation to your mothers, mentors, and military members this month.

By Ashtyn Creel

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