Happy Cinco de Mayo!
SAN ANGELO, TX – Contrary to popular belief Cinco de Mayo does not commemorate Mexican Independence or is a huge deal in all of Mexico. The holiday has become a celebration of Mexican culture, heritage, and traditions in the United States.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 in the Franco-Mexican War.
In 1861 Mexico defaulted on loans to France, Britain, and Spain so the countries sent naval forces to demand repayment. Britain and Spain reached an agreement with Mexico and withdrew their forces.
But France and Napoleon III decided they would conquer the land instead and create a French empire in Mexican territory. The French force descended with 6,000 troops onto a small town called Puebla de Los Angeles. Mexican President Benito Juarez rounded up a group of 2,000 inexperienced soldiers and had an unexpected victory against the French army.
The Battle of Puebla was not the reason the Mexican soldiers won the war in 1867, but it bolstered support for the Mexican Army.
Cinco de Mayo has become an iconic day in the U.S and the perfect excuse to drink tequila in the middle of the workweek. As Texas continues social distancing doing shots at the bar isn’t an option right now, but the spirit of Cinco de Mayo can remain alive.
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate May 5th at home.
- Order Mexican food and enjoy Taco Tuesday
- Whip up your favorite mixed drink
- Make your favorites snacks and appetizers
- Host a dance party with your favorite Mexican music
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