Cinco de Mayo – and Supermoon – expect some howling tonight

Not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which occurs on September 16.

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,[1][2][3][4] where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).[5][6][7] The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride,[8] and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.[9][10] In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[2][11] Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is actually celebrated on September 16.[2][12]

File:BattleofPuebla2.jpg Battle of Puebla

More images of Cinco de Mayo celebrations 

and a supermoon this evening The moon rises behind Century Tower at the University of Florida as seen from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Gainesville, Fla. . The full moon is at its closest point to the Earth since March 1993. AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey) 

The phenomenon known as a lunar perigee occurs when the moon is 25 000 km. closer to the Earth than at any other time of the year.

Coincidentally, the moon will become full just two minutes after it reaches its closest point at 11:35 p.m. ET, creating a phenomenon known as a “supermoon,” appearing 14 times larger than normal.

The full moon is associated with high tides, which could cause localized flooding in areas where there is a storm surge at the same time as the high tide during the full moon.

A supermoon rises in Greece The annual ‘supermoon’ looks 14% larger than a normal moon, though astronomers say most people might not notice. Photograph: AP

I would expect spike in crime and crazy behaviour. An old friend used to say that the water in the body would go to the head, just like the power of the high tides in the ocean. I trusted him, but never got his point. Many people and animals are affected by the full moon.

Last night, almost full moon over the treetops

The wolves and other howling animals will certainly be out howling. I will have a hot tea with some moonshine outside tonight. And so should you, get out and look at the full moon, it might be some time for the next, howling is allowed.

At six his morning I had two raccoons around, they seemed to be enjoying the full moon. When the dog barked they climbed up in a large tree, and the dog gave up.

While living up north, I clearly remember the wolves howling on a frozen lake or hillside in the moonlight, two or three flocks communicating, scary sounds, but memory for ever.

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