Cinco de Mayo marks May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army won the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War. The holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the United States.
Here are a few other facts about Cinco de Mayo:
- In Puebla, one of Mexico's 31 states with a capital city of the same name, Cinco de Mayo is known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
- While Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico, it is mainly observed in Puebla. In the U.S., it has become a popular holiday to celebrate Mexican culture.
- Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals (and maybe a margarita or two?).
- May 5 is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day. That holiday takes place on September 16.
- One of the largest Cinco de Mayo events in the U.S. is Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles.
What are you going to do tonight to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?