I LOVE holidays, even when I don’t really understand them. Of course, I know that cinco de mayo means the fifth of May, but it took a little researching to find out that the holiday is celebrated here in the U.S. more than in Mexico. According to History.com, Cinco de Mayo “commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.” (Didn’t they leave out drinking? Or am I not reading all those signs correctly on nearly every restaurant in town?)
Here’s a somewhat funny video about the holiday:
Happy de Mayo!