It celebrates the Battle of Puebla
, when the Mexicans kicked some French
Incidentally, it was also the day Napoleon
died, which prompted Alessandro Manzoni
to write a massive Ode to the great men.
Italian kids are usually forced to learn it by heart at school: if you want to force flashback on a bunch of unsuspecting Italian
s just shout at the top of your lungs "Ei fu, siccome immobile !
" - they will not be able to resist, in this respect we are much like the cartoon
characters in the Who framed Roger Rabbit