Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is just under a week away! Before you know it, the day-long fiesta will be in full swing complete with music, parades, dancing, & tons of delicious Mexican foods. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of information about the holiday with all of you as you prepare for your own celebrations and gatherings!
- Just in case your Spanish is a little rusty, Cinco de Mayo simply means the 5th of May.
- Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexican Independence, a very popular misconception. Mexican Independence Day is actually celebrated annually on September 16th. Instead, May 5th recognizes an unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. For this reason, the holiday is primarily observed in the state of Puebla.
- The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place in….Los Angeles, CA. Yes, that’s correct. Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico the way it is celebrated here in the United States. In the U.S. we use the day as an excuse to eat Mexican food and party, but in Mexico the party is much different. There are reenactments of the Battle of Puebla, parades, speeches, and more.
- Everyone does not eat tacos on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, the traditional dish served on the 5th in Mexico is Mole Pablano. Fun fact: Americans consume roughly 81 million avocados on this day. (That’s a lot of guac!)
I hope you all have learned a little bit more about this fun holiday! I am looking forward to the delicious food and spending a fun evening with friends and family. Although the celebration differs among the 2 countries, I enjoy any day that gives me a reason to enjoy tacos without feeling guilty! Enjoy the day!
Check out this fun Piñata cookie recipe below. The recipe is courtesy of SheKnows.com and I highly recommend giving them a try!
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