Cinco de Mayos a celebration held on May 5. 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. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.
Interesting facts of Cinco de Mayo Festival
- In Puebla and in many USA cities with large Mexican populations, there are parades, dancing, and festivals.
- Traditional Mexican food is 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 Mexican way of life than about remembering a battle which happened 150 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.”
- In the USA, school children do units on the holiday, decorate their classrooms and try their hand at cooking some basic Mexican foods.
- All over the world, Mexican restaurants bring in Mariachi bands and offer specials for what’s almost certain to be a packed house.
It’s easy to host a Cinco de Mayo party. Making basic Mexican food like salsa and burritos is not too complicated, add some decorations and mix some Margaritas and you’re good to go.