It’s Cinco de Mayo and this year, the universe saw fit to have Cinco de Mayo fall on a Taco Tuesday! Every year on the fifth of May, people from all over the US take this day as an opportunity to commemorate Mexican culture, heritage and food. But before we jump into those tacos and margaritas, let’s talk a little bit about the history of Cinco de Mayo and show you some amazing work that highlights Mexican culture and heritage.

Despite common misconceptions, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (which is actually September 16th). Cinco de Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5th, 1862. While the Battle of Puebla was not a major strategic victory in the war, it represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican people and empowered a true resistance movement. In 1867, with the support of the United States, France finally withdrew, ending the Franco-Mexican War.

In parts of Mexico, celebrations include traditions such as military parades and recreations of the Battle of Puebla, but for most Mexicans, May 5th is like any other day. It is not recognized as a federal holiday in Mexico.

In the US, Cinco de Mayo is widely-celebrated, highlighting Mexican culture, particularly in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations. Many Americans mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and eating traditional Mexican foods. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year will look a little different, as most of the country continues to be under Stay-At-Home orders and practicing social distancing, but the spirit of the day will continue on! 

Have a safe and festive Cinco de Mayo!

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