Introduction: Staff Notes: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Written by Cafe Campesino on May 1, 2002 in Introduction, NEWSLETTER |

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In this month’s edition of Fair Grounds, we’re commemorating the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo. And to kick it off, we asked our staffer and friend Maria De La Paz to share with you (in English and in Spanish) what Cinco de Mayo means to her and her culture.

“Hello! I am Maria and I’ve been working for Café Campesino for awhile. I am from the beautiful state of Chiapas, Mexico. Independence Day in Mexico is September 16, and it is the most important non-religious day of the year. However in the month of May, we celebrate another very special day…Cinco de Mayo! Parading down the streets of our town, the men are dressed in white linen pants and shirts. We women wear colorful, long flowing skirts and blouses. Traditionally, after the parade we eat red “mole” with rice and beans. All this is done to celebrate the defeat of the French army by Mexicans at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The state of Puebla is located in the southern most part of Mexico. It has one of the highest volcanoes in the country, which is approximately 7 km high and is covered with snow. In agriculture, Puebla produces apples, avocados, coffee, and oranges; however, corn is its principle crop. Among its natural attraction, one can find the hot springs of Chignahuapan, the Valley of the rock in Zacatlán, and the natural springs of Tehuacan. Besides its historical district, Puebla has been declared as the cultural inheritance of humanity.

Knowing the problems that we have in Mexico, it gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Café Campesino, which tries to help our people by paying them a fair price for their coffee. Like it is known, it is difficult to get companies to pay farm workers a fair wage. But Café Campesino is one of the few companies that is doing so. This is so important for our people who are coffee producers. We Chiapanecos have great hope that one day the organic coffee that is produced in Chiapas will also be produced in other parts of our country. Because of this I give thanks in the name of my fellow Chiapanecos to Café Campesino!”

— Maria De La Paz

Click here for the Spanish translation.

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