Cinco de Mayo

Here are some quick facts and stats you can take advantage of today . . .

1.  Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of Mexico’s underdog win over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  So, 160 years ago today.  A bunch of mining workers from Mexico celebrated it in California a year later, and that’s how it got started.

2.  It’s actually more popular in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, where it’s not even a national holiday.  And it’s been “DRINKO de Mayo” since the beer companies started using it to market their products in the 1980s.

3.  The most popular ways we celebrate it are by eating Mexican food . . . drinking margaritas . . . celebrating the culture . . . and drinking Mexican beer.

4.  Is it OFFENSIVE to dress up in a sombrero or poncho for Cinco de Mayo?  In a recent poll, 51% of Americans said it’s fine . . . 14% said it’s inappropriate . . . and 35% weren’t sure.  The Anti-Defamation League says DON’T do it though. You employeer probably agrees.