“Honor to the soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”
The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.
Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
We honor the battle of Puebla by celebrating and enjoying festivities with parades organized by the military and even schools around the nation to honor all the soldiers and civilians who gave their lives in the battle for their country. In the state of Puebla as well as in many other Spanish cities, there are enthusiastic celebrations on this day. Entertainment stalls known as “Zocalo”s are set up temporarily where people of all ages enjoy themselves with food, music, and dancing. In the small neighborhood of Penon de los Banos, in Mexico City, the historic battle of Puebla is recreated by local actors to mark the event, a tradition that has been kept alive for many generations. In most towns, merchants and communities hold parties, dances and food events for the whole family! Some events have rides and play to play. The holiday ends with the traditional shouts of ‘Viva Mexico’.
Needless to say, there is a lot of eating and drinking!! This is a very colorful day and extremely entertaining!
No, it’s not Mexican Independence Day:
You do not need to say “Happy Independence Day” on May 5. They celebrate their freedom on September 16.
They do celebrate a famous military victory:
The fifth of May commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. On May 5, 1862, a small band of Mexicans were somehow able to conquer the massive French army. However, the Mexican triumph didn’t last long; the French won the Second Battle of Puebla a year later on May 17, 1863.
Today, Cinco de Mayo is still celebrated in Puebla. However, it is not celebrated in most other parts of the country.
Cinco de Mayo is more officially recognized in the United States than in Mexico:
In 2005, Congress declared the fifth of May an official national holiday to celebrate Mexican-American heritage. Typically, the President of the United States also hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception at the White House, complete with folklórico dancers.
The Americanization of the holiday has roots with Mexican farm workers:
As José M Alamillo notes, many believe the holiday grew in popularity because of the migrant farm workers of Corona, Calif. — one of the first U.S. cities to host official Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Beer companies made the holiday what it is today:
In the 1980s, Corona and other beer companies aptly recognized the profitability of the rising Latino population in the United States. Through a series of well-received advertisements, Corona helped transform Cinco de Mayo into an all-day happy hour celebration, encouraging the growing Mexican and Mexican-American population to celebrate their heritage on May 5 by purchasing Mexican beer.
These days, Corona still spends massive amounts of money on advertising campaigns centered around the holiday. There have been reports that in 2013, the brand spent $91 million on English and Spanish advertisements, calling itself “the original party beer of Cinco de Mayo.”
Avocado sales soar on Cinco de Mayo:
Americans celebrating Cinco De Mayo at least take the time to celebrate one authentically Mexican food: avocado. According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume more than 81 million avocados on May 5.
There is an appropriate way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo:
Believe it or not, there is an appropriate, respectful and fun way to enjoy Cinco de Mayo! Mexican culture is awesome, and it deserves to be celebrated. Go ahead and indulge in some authentic, Mexican fare at a local taqueria, imbibe in a margarita, and listen and dance to some of the music of the great nation. Salud!!!!
Some Cinco de Mayo Recipe Ideas from Huffington Post!
This week we took a look back at some of our own beautiful flower soaps made right here at the Chemistry Store!!
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The whole idea is to take existing creations like these and make them your own by being creative and using your crafting skills! Thank you again for joining us! Enjoy and have fun!