While Cinco De Mayo is celebrated with a lot of tequila shots and tacos to go around, many don’t actually know what they are celebrating.
To most it’s a day in which you get shit faced by drinking way too much to celebrate the Mexican Independence Day. And to most they would be wrong.
Before you pull out your sombrero and head out to your favorite bar, get a fast history lesson on Cinco De Mayo.
It is not Mexican Independence Day. That is actually September 16th and occurred 50 years prior to the war in 1810.
It celebrated the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s a big deal because the Mexican army was smaller but victorious.
In Mexico this holiday is called ‘El Día de la Batalla de Puebla’ (The Day of the Battle of Puebla) and it’s celebrated with political speeches and battle re-enactment.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are huge in the US with the world’s largest Cinco celebration taking place in Los Angeles.