Ahhhh, its that time of year again! Two for one specials at the Mexican restaurants, margarita mixes on sale at the grocery stores, latin festivals planned. And all for the fifth of May.
Do you know they don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico?
Do you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day?
Huh? Its okay. Take another sip of your margarita, another nibble of your burrito, and allow me to school you on this often misunderstood drinking holiday.
There is an old saying in Mexico, something along the lines of ” Porque los Gringos celebran el Cinco de Mayo? Porque no pueden pronunciar el dieciséis de Septiembre.” Basically saying Americans celebrate Cinco de Mayo because they can’t pronounce dieciséis de Septiembre.
September 16 is Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the unlikey victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in The Battle of Puebla in 1862. Regionally in Puebla, they celebrate the holiday, but it’s not widely celebrated throughout Mexico.
There are more and more latin festivals and celebrations around this time of year that focus on celebrating Mexican heritage, but I think most people just like to use it as an excuse to have some margaritas and Mexican food. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! I’m all for margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, Junio, Julio, Agosto….any time really.