Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and although it is somewhat known as the “St. Patrick’s Day of Mexico”, there is more to Cinco de Mayo than just tequila, cervezas, guacamole and fiesta! We don’t say no to any reason to celebrate, but before we head off to make a pitcher of margaritas, we’d like to tell you a little bit of the story of this important date in Mexican history, which is often misunderstood as Mexico’s Independence Day (which we widely celebrate on September 16th).
The Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) in Mexico is a holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, a big success for our country, which took place on May 5, 1862. Everything started in 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, trying to collect on some war debts. As expected, the French army was much larger, experienced and better equipped than Mexicans soldiers. French troops reached Puebla (a town near Mexico City), where they were surprised by Mexicans, who struggled to defend their nation and made a valiant stand, and against every logistics, they defeated and won against the French army. One year later the French army regrouped and continued their effort to conquer, eventually taking over Mexico City; but the gratification of an unlikely victory against the odds is what Mexicans remember every May fift.
Nowadays, while the entire Mexico remembers and celebrates this victory, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mostly in Puebla, where the battle took place, and where they organize big festivals, with lots of traditional Mexican food and Mariachi, it’s a big party! But it’s more about celebrating the rich Mexican culture than remembering the big battle.
For some reason, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the US than in Mexico, and it’s celebrated with the best traditions of Mexico, yes we are talking about the delicious food like the famous guacamole, burritos, tequila, margaritas, piñatas, papel picado and other decorations and anything you love about Mexico’s culture.
Cinco de Mayo is a good excuse to celebrate the rich culture of Mexico and our beautiful traditions. As we like to say in Mexico, there’s always something worth celebrating! If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration, or any other Mexico inspired fiesta, here are a couple of food & cocktail recipes from our library:
– Cabo Wabo Margarita recipe,
– Passion Fruit & Mango Spicy Margarita recipe
– Mango Margarita recipe
– Ojo Rojo Mixed Seafood Ceviche recipe,
– Guacamole recipe, and
– Baja style fish tacos recipe.
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