Cinco de Mayo~! What is it?

Cinco de Mayo

One of the most celebrated holidays, although not many people know why it is celebrated. Allow me to educate you.

Cinco de Mayo is a Hispanic Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla; which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico.

The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Hispanic, struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Hispanics made a valiant stand and won a huge victory. It was short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victory against overwhelming odds is remembered every May fifth.

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Isn’t it Mexico’s Independence Day?

That’s a common misconception. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hildago took to his pulpit, in the village church of the town of Dolores, and invited his flock to take up arms and join him in overthrowing Spanish tyranny. Independence Day is a very important holiday in Mexico and with Cinco de Mayo.

How Big a Deal is Cinco de Mayo ?

Cinco de Mayo is a big deal in Puebla, where the famous battle took place but it really isn’t as important as most people think. For some reason, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States of America, by Hispanics and Americans alike, than it is in Mexico.

September 16, Independence Day, is a much more important holiday in Mexico.

How is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated ?

In Puebla and in many USA cities with large Hispanic populations, there are parades, dancing and festivals. Traditional Hispanic food is often served or sold. Mariachi bands fill town squares, and a lot of Dos Equis and Corona beers are served. It’s a fun holiday, really more about celebrating the Hispanic way of life than about remembering a battle which happened 150 years ago.

Can I Host a Cinco de Mayo Party ?

It’s easy to host a Cinco de Mayo party! Making basic Hispanic food like quesadilla, salsa, burritos and taco’s is not too complicated, add some decorations, games, music, and mix some Margaritas and you’re good to go.

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