Many people think that Cinco de Mayo or May 5th is Mexico’s Independence Day but it actually isn’t!
May 5th celebrates the day the Mexican Army defeated French Forces at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war in 1862. Mexico celebrates their Independence on September 16th with parades, food and parties.
5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT CINCO DE MAYO–
The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo Party is held in Los Angeles, California where the highest concentration of Mexican-origin population is in the country.
We love Tequila in the US! On May 5th we consume twice as much tequila as Mexico.
Holy Guacamole! The US consumes up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.
The biggest celebration in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo is in the city of Puebla where the May 5th battle took place. Other than that Mexico doesn’t celebrate the holiday to the extent that we do here in the US.
May 5th is not Mexico’s Independence Day- September 16th is the day Mexico claimed its independence and began the war against Spain.
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