Are you a cinco de mayo fan? May 5th has become the mexican version of st. patrick’s day… cinco de mayo lovers bring out the chips and salsa, sombreros, and maybe even a pinata. but what is cinco de mayo even a celebration of? Here are some random cinco de mayo facts I bet you didnt know…
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the US than in Mexico
Cinco de mayo is not a Mexican federal holiday. In the 1950s and 1960s, cinco de mayo gained much popularity in the US partly due to the Good Neighbor Policy (the US’s effort to reach out to neighboring countries). Mexican-Americans counted the holiday as a celebration of their own heritage and even non-mexican americans pretend to be mexican for the day.
Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day
The Mexican Independence Day is actually celebrated on September 16th. “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of/from Dolores) commemorates the catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla from the town of Dolores who declared war against the Spaniards in 1810. Costilla preached revolt and ordered the church bells be rung. The Independence Day is now celebrated with a parade and the ringing of church bells and fiestas. Cinco de mayo, pretty much, has nothing to do with Mexico’s independence.
Chandler, Arizona celebrates Cinco de Mayo with chihuahua racing
In Chandler, Arizona, cinco de mayo is celebrated with a traditional chihuahua race. Why? When the Mexican army attacked the French, they accidentally stampeded a pack of chihuahuas. and although the pups don’t have much to do with the holiday, the races always go on… and they even crown a queen and king at the end.
Malta has nothing but cinco de mayo love
The small island nation of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea likes cinco de mayo more than most Mexicans. Malta only knows about cinco de mayo for one reason: Corona Extra. When Corona began exporting to the US in 1979, they saw cinco do mayo as a golden market opportunity. Now sold in over 150 different countries, Corona is the 5th best selling beer in the world. Corona carried the message of cinco de mayo all over which is why the Maltese now celebrate too.
Cinco de mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over France
Mexico once owned money to a number of different European countries. In 1861 they decided to stop paying causing French anger. The French army, who hadn’t been defeated in 50 years, wanted to make Mexico pay. On May 5, 1862, France invaded Mexico where the Mexican army was armed with pitchforks and other weaponry. The Mexican army drove the French away even though a year later, France took over all of Mexico. Still, cinco de mayo celebrates and honors the unlikely victory by the brave.
LA hosts the world’s largest cinco de mayo event
Every year on Cinco de mayo, over 600,000 people celebrate the holiday with music and food. The event, Festival de Fiesta Broadway, attracts a number of participants celebrating Mexican heritage and the victory of the Battle at Puebla. Chicago, Houston and Denver also host cinco de mayo events.
Bob Dylan sang about cinco de mayo
His song “Isis” has lyrics that refer to to the fifth day of march… hello cinco de mayo! Liz Phair, Ween and the band War also recorded songs about cinco de mayo.
All in all, everyday is a good day for tacos and guacamole. Know any cool cinco de mayo traditions, or facts…? post them here!!!!