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5 Cinco de Mayo Facts

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A Gringo Celebration

Viva Mexico

Viva Mexico

Will you be heading out tonight to celebrate the gringo holiday Cinco de Mayo? Here are five Cinco de Mayo facts to toss around the bar this evening as you join in the revelry.

Fact 1 : According to a recent survey, nine out of ten people think this holiday is Mexican Independence Day. But those of you in the know, know better.

Fact 2: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the day Mexico unexpectedly defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. For some, perhaps it’s another way to keep alive the North American tradition of sticking it to the French.

Fact 3: The Battle of Puebla victory was short lived as Napoleon III regrouped and France won the rematch a year later.

Fact 4: May 5th is not a holiday in Mexico. However, it is recognized as one in the state of Puebla, which is located southeast of Mexico City.

Anejo Tequila & Lime

Anejo Tequila & Lime

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. But personally, I think it’s a retailer holiday.  It’s just another way for bars, restaurants and spirits makers to tack some revenue onto their bottom line. But, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. St. Paddy’s day was six weeks ago after all so everyone is looking for a quasi-legitimate reason to go out and get liquored up.

Fact 5: If anyone asks, tell them that Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16th. Dieciséis de Septiembre just doesn’t have the same ring does it? 

Salud!

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