How much do you really know about Cinco de Mayo? Do you know what the day commemorates?
- Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexican independence. It is the celebration of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.
- The holiday might have been created by Americans. It is said that Latinos in America–before the Civil War–turned May 5th into a memorable date.
- For many people in Mexico, May 5th is just like any other day. It is not a federal holiday, so offices, banks, and stores are open.
- Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in the U.S. than Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is typically a day of speeches and battle reenactments in Mexico. The largest Cinco de Mayo Celebration is in Los Angeles. It is called the Festival de Fiesta Broadway. Thousands of revelers go to enjoy it.
- The U.S. drinks about 12.3 million cases of tequila on Cinco de Mayo (with 43% of all cocktails ordered being Margaritas). That is twice as much as Mexico does.
Did you already know these facts?
Do you celebrate this holiday?
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
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