May 5th is Cinco De Mayo! The nation’s favorite holiday to celebrate because it really doesn’t have much to do with us except for awesome guacamole and excessive Coronas! Often confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862 – see not much to do with us! Mexico actually declared its independence 50 years earlier. But Americans will celebrate anyway since it’s an inexcusable day to sip on a salted margarita and embrace that sombrero that’s been hiding in your closet since Spring Break Cancun!
Cinco de Mayo is actually a fairly minor holiday in Mexico. Celebrations are usually limited to the Puebla region and consist mostly of military parades. For Mexican-Americans living in the United States, it is a different matter. Over the years, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a huge festival that celebrates Mexican culture and heritage. People mark the occasion with elaborate family feasts, parties, mariachi music, and traditional folk dancing.