What do you know about Cinco de Mayo? Why is this date considered a holiday and what is the significance of May 5th for Mexico? Here’s all the information you need to celebrate a festive Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo literally means “the fifth of May” in English. It is a Mexican holiday that commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which was fought on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France attempted to invade Mexico. Although the French army was larger and better equipped than the Mexican army, the Mexicans made a triumphant stand in Puebla. It’s literally a “David and Goliath” story and the unlikely victory is celebrated each year on May 5th.
One of the most common misconceptions about May 5th is that Mexico celebrates their independence on this date. In actuality, Mexico’s independence celebration is on September 16th and is not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo.
Is Cinco de Mayo Huge in Mexico?
Being a Mexican holiday, you may think that Cinco de Mayo is a huge celebration in its home country. In actuality, it’s not as important as September 16th to most Mexicans. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico.
In Puebla and many US cities, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by large parades, dances and heritage festivals. Mariachi bands often play music and traditional Mexican food is served.
How Can You Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
So, now you understand the basics behind Cinco de Mayo. The question is how can you celebrate this year?
It’s easy to have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Prepare some basic Mexican food like salsa and chips, tacos and burritos. You can also offer non-alcoholic Margaritas to your guests.
If you’re not in the party mood, try learning more about the triumphant stand the Mexicans took in Puebla. There are many books available for purchase and tons of information available on the Internet. For those who have Mexican heritage, nothing could commemorate Cinco de Mayo better than passing down family traditions to a younger generation and teaching them all about Mexican pride.
Do you have plans for Cinco de Mayo? How will you and your family celebrate? Share your traditions with us below!