Hello all you gorgeous Hattingdonians! It’s fiesta time. And here’s why. It’s the Fifth of May — Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you all know what this is. As you can see, Hattingdon has donned her Fiesta hat. ¡Vámonos de fiesta!
About Cinco de Mayo
Did you know . . . ?
• Cinco de Mayo, (Spanish: “Fifth of May”), also called Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States.
• When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America.
• The date commemorates an outnumbered — 2,000 to 6,000 — Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French forces of Napoleon III. at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
• A Texan led those outnumbered troops in Puebla. Ignacio Zaragoza SeguÍn, a 33-year-old officer from the Goliad area, was Mexico’s minister of war and navy and was assigned to lead the Army of the East and the defense of Puebla.
• The U.S. has celebrated Cinco de Mayo since the end of the Franco-Mexico and U.S. civil wars.
• In the beginning, Latinos in California and the other parts of the U.S. celebrated Cinco de Mayo with parades in which people dressed in Civil War uniforms and gave speeches on the Battle of Puebla.
• The date is embraced more generally in the same way as other ethnic celebrations such as St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras and Octoberfest.
• Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s equivalent of the Fourth of July is 16 de Septiembre (September 16). In many parts of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a work day.
The very first Hattingdon® Mrs Farrell created was Curtis. The second was Harper. She really didn’t know where she was going to go from there, if anywhere. And certainly not that she would create 100s of designs over 10 years. She’s still going!
Following on the heels of Curtis and Harper, Mrs Farrell came up with the classic hat silhouette that she made all sorts of looks with. But in between all of those, she created fashion hats and other weird and wonderful marvels. Etienne falls into one or all of those descriptions.
Oh — for Hattingdon’s new fans, mane was added much later on. Some we stuck with; some we didn’t. Here’s Etienne with mane.
The Design Galleries are updated on the website. We’ll write more about that later. We will tell you now there are two: A main Design Gallery and a Classic Hat Gallery. This should make a bunch of you very, very happy! Hint, hint classic hat fans. They are both in a new format you can scroll through or view as a slideshow.
If you have any suggestions, please be sure to let us know dear ones. ♥♥♥
P.S. We have received your notes and messages about our absence on Twitter and Facebook. We have only been busy on Instagram and Hattingdon’s blog. We believe we can populate our Facebook page when we publish on Instagram. We are experimenting to see if looks okay when we do that. We used to publish to Twitter from here on her blog but the images no matter how we sized them chopped something off! ♥♥♥
Oh yes, you would also like more updates via email like we used to do. We are reorganizing things in an effort to meet these requests also. So hang in with us!♥♥♥