What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo facts, celebration, history

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What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "Fifth of May" or "May 5th") is 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 or 5 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. Let's check out our list of interesting cool random Cinco de Mayo facts to know more about Cinco de Mayo celebration, food, party, specials, activities, history. Festival and celebration facts

Cinco de Mayo facts, celebration, history, food

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That occurred 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated on September 16. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo 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 not to be confused with Cinco de Mayo.

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How is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated?

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, schoolchildren 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.

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Three famous dishes or food from Puebla to try in Cinco de Mayo are Mole Poblano, Chalupas, Chiles en Nogada

Cinco de Mayo food

Cinco de Mayo food

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The holiday celebrates an unexpected victory. The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped.

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Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States. In Mexico, the day is observed with political speeches and battle reenactments. Many of the actual celebration and battle re-enactment take place in Puebla.

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In fact, the world's largest Cinco celebration takes place in Los Angeles. This year's Festival de Fiesta Broadway is expected to draw 300,000 people. Cities like New York City, Denver and Houston also throw large parties in honor of the day.

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Chandler, Arizona, even celebrates the day. There are Chihuahua races and even crowning two of the dogs king and queen.

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Cinco de Mayo is even a popular name for a song. Musical artists like War, Senses Fail and Liz Phair all have songs titled after the holiday.

Cinco de Mayo celebration

Cinco de Mayo celebration

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Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo , according to the California Avocado Commission. The creamy food is used for guacamole, a popular Mexican dish.

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According to Smithsonian magazine,more than one person has claimed they invented the margarita. Carlos “Danny” Herrera reportedly developed the drink for an actress at his Tijuana-area restaurant in 1938.

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There are 367 U.S. tortilla manufacturing establishments, according to the United States Census. Tortillas are often referred to as the "bread of Mexico" and an integral part of the Aztecs' diet.

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33.6 million U.S. residents come from Mexican heritage, according to the United States Census.

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