Cinco De Mayo
Information on the Cinco de Mayo Holiday in Mexico
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is just as celebrated in the United States as it is in Mexico, but few people actually know what Cinco de Mayo actually means, and all the traditions that go along with it. Cinco de Mayo is the remembrance of the battle of Puebla (a state in the southern region of Mexico) in which Mexico defeated the French, despite being greatly outnumbered. The battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 showed the strength and resilience of the Mexican people over invaders. This was the beginning for Mexicans to have pride in their country. The sheer numbers of soldiers was amazing. They were also marked for defeat because of the inferior weaponry the Mexicans used in comparison to the French.
Cinco de Mayo traditions are mostly popular in the actual state of Puebla, but the whole holiday is celebrated across the country. There are lots of parades and festivals all across Mexico. Food is a huge part of the festivities as well as the countries national beverage, tequila. Such as for Mexican Independence Day, "la bandera" or the flag, is a drink that lots of Mexicans drink to represent the pride they have for their country. La Bandera is essentially just lime juice, tequila, and sangrita, in three shot glasses, sipped. Traditions of Cinco de Mayo also include traditional dances, songs, and fireworks. For a list of all the Cinco de Mayo traditions, browse the site.