What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo, as you can probably guess from the name, is a holiday celebrated on May 5th. When you think of Cinco de Mayo, you may think of tacos of tequila but do you know the real reason we celebrate it? Data from YouGov Direct found that 60% of Americans didn’t know the correct answer to this question. Many confuse the holiday as Mexican Independence Day, but it is not. It is a day meant to celebrate the victory of a single battle that the Mexican army had over France at the Battle of Puebla.
In 1861, Benito Juarez, the president of Mexico, caused conflict when he stopped paying interest that he owed to several countries, including France. In response, the French army tried to take over Mexico in response and won the first battle, capturing the city of Campeche. Victory came back to Mexico when General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín led 4,000 men against the French army of 8,000 men and won the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Today, that victory is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo!
Today, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in America while celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. So the next time you are eating tacos and sipping on a margarita on May 5th, now you will know some history behind it!
Celebrate and sip Tequila made by some of your favorite Singers this Cinco de Mayo!
Nick Jonas – Villa One
Adam Levine and Sammy Hagar – Santo Mezquila
Jimmy Buffet | Margaritaville Tequila
Justin Timberlake – Sauza 901
Rita Ora – Próspero
The Chainsmokers | JAJA Tequila
Picture Credit: Margaritaville’s Instagram page