Why we celebrate 5 de Mayo?

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia against the French army during the Battle of Puebla. It was the year 1862, and although the French army beat Mexican militia in many battles, the victory during the Battle of Puebla was a morale booster for Mexican fighters.

The city were the battle was held is now known as Puebla de Zaragoza, the name was changed to honor the Mexican Commander responsible for the victory of the Battle of Puebla General Ignacio Zaragoza.

Here in the United States Cinco de Mayo is, not necessarily, a holiday but an excuse to celebrate Mexican heritage and to indulged in Mexican food and drinks.

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Here are some facts you should know about the Cinco de Mayo celebration:

1. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.
2. Cinco de Mayo is not as popular in Mexico as it is in the United States.
3. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the White House.
4. The largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo is held in Los Angeles, CA.

What are some of the typical Mexican foods we like to eat during the Cinco de Mayo?

The classic tacos, burritos, guacamole, salsa, chips and the obvious Margaritas complete the main dishes Americans eat during the celebration of the Cinco de Mayo. Easy dishes to please the gathering crowd. Some people decorate with sombreros, and colorful decorations around the house or place where the celebration will be held.

Cinco de Mayo is another “holiday” adopted by Americans. Another way to gather amongst friends and family, an excuse to get together to enjoy good food, drinks, and chatter.

How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Do you have something special, like a tradition you want to share?

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