5 Fast Facts About Cinco De Mayo

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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.

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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.

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Before you pull out your sombrero and head out to your favorite bar, get a fast history lesson on Cinco De Mayo.


cinco-de-mayo-margaritas600Cinco De Mayo actually means the fifth of May which is why it’s celebrated on that day every year.

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It is not Mexican Independence Day. That is actually September 16th and occurred 50 years prior to the war in 1810.cinco-de-mayo-maximilian-departs-for-mexico-P

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.

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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.

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Cinco de Mayo celebrations are huge in the US with the world’s largest Cinco celebration taking place in Los Angeles.

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