byCameron-BBY05-05-201806:00 PM - edited 05-06-201808:58 AM
Cinco de Mayo – Let’s taco ‘bout it
Ah, the fifth of May is once again upon us, and the festivities are about to commence. There will be tacos-a-plenty, chips and salsa by the mile, and margaritas flowing on tap for every man, woman, and well, not child. But, with all the hype and excitement, do we really know what we are celebrating? What is Cinco de Mayo, and what is its importance? So, ‘lettuce’ take a look at the story behind the fiesta and see why it’s ‘nacho’ average holiday! Here are three interesting facts that you may not have known about Cinco de Mayo!
1. Cinco de Mayo isn't Mexico's Independence Day (4th of July)
A common belief that people have is that Cinco de Mayo is the day that Mexico declared its independence from its colonial ruler, Spain. I wish it were so, but, alas, that took place on September 16, 1810. Cinco de Mayo is the date that The Battle of Puebla between the Mexican and French armies took place during the Franco-Mexican War during the 1860s. (Mexico won the battle by the way!)
2. America Celebrates the Occasion Way More Than Mexico
You heard it here, folks. Cinco de Mayo has practically turned into an American holiday celebrated all over the country. The places that celebrate the occasion in Mexico are in Puebla and Vera Cruz, where they hold festivals and parades throughout the cities. There isn’t much other participation anywhere else throughout the country, and it’s not even a Federal Holiday in Mexico! Cinco de Mayo is to Mexico what The Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 is to America. (Not widely known and/or celebrated)
3. The Largest Cinco de Mayo Party is held in L.A. in California
The City of Angels, which is quite ironic because the City of Puebla is also known in Mexico as the City of Angels (it was meant to be) is where the worlds largest Cinco de Mayo festival is held. Other large events take place in Houston, Phoenix, and New York. Because, who doesn’t love celebrating the victory of our vecinos (neighbors) to the south.
This celebration is particularly important to me because I was fortunate enough to have studied and lived a semester in this wonderful, beautiful, and charming city. I stood on the fort where the battle was fought and saw firsthand its importance. While I was there, I wish I would have been a little more prepared for taking some amazing pictures. I had only brought my phone, which had an amazing camera, but with one like the Sony Alpha a600 Mirrorless Camera, these memories could have been captured on a much better scale. If you are traveling, this is the one for you! So, this year for Cinco de Mayo, take a second to gather around and share the true reason for the season-ing…taco seasoning, that is!