Happy Cinco de Mayo! Or as it is more commonly known, another reason to get absolutely hammered without really understanding the reason.
It’s the Mexican St. Patrick’s Day — that no one in Mexico really celebrates — but hey, who’s above using whatever reason possible to throw back some ice cold cervezas and shots of tequila? Certainly not me.
Cinco de Mayo is actually used to observe General Ignacio Zaragoza and the Mexican Army’s shocking win over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
No, it’s not Mexican Independence Day, so don’t be one of those people who gets confused.
Mexican Independence Day is on Sept. 16.
As for Cinco de Mayo, enjoy your adult beverages, elote, tacos and any other way you choose to celebrate the big day.
Cinco De Mayo Facts
- The Mexican community celebrates more than 365 festivals each year. Cinco de Mayo is just one of them.
- Although Cinco de Mayo is a big celebration in Puebla, where the battle was fought, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in America.
- The festival was ‘invented’ in America by a group of students back in 1967. Each year since then Cinco de Mayo gets bigger thanks to people of Mexican descent – and those who just like a good margarita!
- Around 28.3 million of USA residents were of Mexican origin in 2006. These residents constituted 9% of the nation’s total population, and 64% of the Hispanic population.