~It’s Cinco de Mayo–Let’s Celebrate!! …but why?~

Cinco-de-Mayo   If you’re like most Americans, you look forward to Cinco de Mayo for the happy hour…but do you really know why?  Sure, it’s great fun to head out for tacos/enchiladas/nachos and margaritas on May 5th, but be advised, there really IS more to it than JUST the Mexican food and drinks–here’s why!

**For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas as well.  But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.  This day is not Mexico’s independence day.   Mexican independence is celebrated on Sept.16.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.  Mexico had troubles paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.  Ironically, today Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one.**

So here’s to Cinco!  Let’s Celebrate Victory!!  And…let’s have a grape margarita while we’re at it!!