Thursday, May 5, 2011

The History Of Cinco De Mayo

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England.

In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars ofthe condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.  This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise everdelivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to NewYork.

The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.  The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss.

Their anguish was sogreat, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they stillobserve to this day. 

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, ofcourse, as Sinko de Mayo.

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