Our Astronomical and Cultural Calendars show that today, May 05, 2023, we recognize two different, but concurrent, celebrations: Cinco de Mayo and Beltane.
Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5 of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory over the French army was a morale boost for the Mexicans.
Beltane is the Gaelic May Day festival. It is traditionally held on 1 May, or about midway between the spring equinox and summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The festival name is synonymous with the month marking the start of summer in Gaelic Ireland.
Since both events are virtual invitations for feasting, that’s what we’re intending to do. Either occasion can be an excuse for enjoying some of Damsel’s kitchen prowess.
Today, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Carnitas Burritos prepared according to the traditional (but Keto adapted) Mexican fashion. Along with dinner, we will be enjoying a sugar-free Margarita cocktail. ¡Salud! ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Tomorrow, we plan to celebrate the Beltane cross-quarter event. We found a recipe called “Irish Stout Braised Chicken” which calls for a number of traditional (to Celtic culture) vegetables in addition to chicken. We are looking forward to that feast as well and will celebrate with an Irish Coffee. Slàinte! Beltane Sona!