Bring on fiestas, tacos, and margaritas as we celebrate this popular Mexican holiday!
Cinco de Mayo is famous for giving us an excuse to overindulge in our favorite food and drinks from South of the Border. But do we even know what we’re celebrating?
Origins of the Celebration
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day (that’s actually celebrated on September 16th). Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, where the Mexican army unexpectedly defeated French forces in 1862.
Fun Facts About the Holiday
Did you know the 5th of May isn’t even that big of a deal in Mexico? Sure, it’s a national holiday, but it’s not as widely celebrated as you’d think. In fact, the biggest celebration takes place in Puebla, where the battle occurred.
Another fun fact: In the United States, this holiday has become so commercialized that it’s actually more profitable than St. Patrick’s Day. Given how much Americans love green beer, that’s impressive!
How to Celebrate in Style
Of course, no celebration would be complete without festive music. This playlist of 10 popular mariachi songs should get your party started.
While it might be tempting to break out the sombreros and ponchos, this can be seen as offensive. That’s never a good look. Maybe try red, white, and green (the colors of the Mexican flag) instead.
Nowadays, Cinco de Mayo is less about honoring a historic battle and more about chowing down on chips and guacamole. But that’s okay, because who doesn’t love Mexican food?
Today we bring you three sapphic books set in Mexico.