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Why Mexicans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day via Latino LA – MMXLII

Why Mexicans Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day via Latino LA

Now if you follow us on Instagram you should have noticed the picture we posted of the Shamrock Pinata, and to some of you that may have been a bit strange. Some of you may have even thought what does this even have to do with the other. Mexican and Irish culture that is. Well hit the jump and read some vital information from our friends at Latino LA on how the two are very related.

St. Patrick’s Day has special significance in Mexico and among generations of families who can trace their history to the old Southwest, particularly among those of Mexican heritage. This reverence is due to the actions of unsung heroes known as the San Patricios.

 

Displeased with ethnic and immigrant bias on the part of Anglo-Protestant officers — and unconvinced about the reasons they were given for fighting Mexican Catholics — hundreds of Irish, German and other immigrant soldiers deserted from the U.S. Army to join the Mexican forces.

 

It is not uncommon for an Irish person to hear about the famous “Irish Martyrs” who defected from the U.S. Army and sacrificed their lives to fight with a people whose principles they shared.

Full Article by Jim Estrada here.

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