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What you didn’t know about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo … the fifth of May—time to grab some chips and salsa and get the party started, right? But do you even know what you are celebrating? Maybe … Mexico’s Independence Day? Sorry, try again. No idea? It might be time to do a little research into Mexican history.

A float from a Cinco de Mayo Parade. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

A float from a Cinco de Mayo Parade. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

Here are the Cinco de Mayo facts—it is a holiday about celebrating freedom for Mexico and remembering the Battle of Puebla, a turning point during the French-Mexican War, but it is not the country’s Independence Day. Read more

Cinco de Mayo history, food and celebrations: Find out more about this popular Mexican holiday

Performers at the US White House celebration o...

Performers at the US White House celebration of Cinco de Mayo May 4, 2007 

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that has come to be synonymous in America with margaritas, Mexican food and an all around good time. But how much do you actually know about Cinco de Mayo history? For instance, what does Cinco de Mayo commemorate? If you’re not certain, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of these fun facts about this spring date, discover popular Cinco de Mayo celebrations and learn how to make some authentic Mexican fare. ¡salud!

Five facts about Cinco de Mayo

True, Cinco de Mayo is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your trivia and knowledge for next year. Here are 5 fun facts about this May holiday:

  1. Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or The Day of the Battle of Puebla — it does not commemorate Mexico’s Independence (this is on September 16). Read more