While Americans have been celebrating–and by “celebrating” we mean “drinking in excess”–Mexican Independence Day on the fifth of May for decades, they have got it all wrong. Despite what your boozy next door neighbor might tell you, Cinco de Mayo honors the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While it’s considered a minor holiday, Mexicans commemorate this underdog victory in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) with military parades, battle recreations and festivals. Yet onlookers say the celebrations in Puebla (the city where most of the festivities occur) are very different than those that occur in the United States, where the holiday is more flamboyant and less based on historical and cultural knowledge.
When something defies all we know about human physiology and raises questions about the psychology of our species, it’s going to get a lot of attention. Which explains why a very bizarre…
Shot before a cricket match between Eton and Harrow, much of the story behind this shot in specific remains a bit murky. However, many political leaders used it to advocate for a more egalitarian post-war England.
Perched atop a quaint Cambodian landscape, Bokor Hill Station was once a thriving French resort town where visitors sought solace from the oppressive heat of nearby capital Phnom Penh. Yet after being abandoned twice, all that’s left is a ghost town punctuated by spectral, decaying buildings.
Officially opening its doors to the public in 1968, Madison Square Garden is the oldest and most active major sporting facility in New York City, and one of the busiest music arenas in the world. With a price tag of a cool $1.1 billion, it’s also thought to be one of the most expensive venues ever built.