What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is an important day in Mexican history because on that day in 1862, President Benito Juarez sent the Mexican army against an invading French army. This battle is known as the
. The Mexican army was outnumbered 8,000 to 4,000 yet they still prevailed over the French. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in Mexico and the United States.
Cinco de Mayo is sometimes confused with Mexico’s independence day (September 16th). The day commemorates this famous battle in 1862 and also celebrates Mexican culture, freedom, and liberty. This year, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some of these Mexican and Mexican-American resources.
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Other fun facts about Cinco de Mayo
In 2005, Congress declared Cinco de Mayo an official U.S. holiday.
In the past, Americans have consumed more than 80 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.
Los Angeles’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is bigger than the one that takes place in Puebla, Mexico, where the holiday originated.
Forget the tacos: one of the most popular traditional dishes in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo is mole poblano, a rich sauce made from chocolate and chilis.
Some cities around the country, including Denver, Colo. and Chandler, Ariz., hold an annual Chihuahua Race in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
The colors traditionally associated with Cinco de Mayo are red, white and green, reflecting the colors of the Mexican flag.
Cinco de Mayo became a ‘drinking’ holiday in the U.S. in the 1980s, when beer companies targeted the Spanish-speaking population in marketing campaigns, according to Time.
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