I think we’ve all heard of Cinco de Mayo, and probably associate it with Margaritas and dinner specials at Don Pablo, and that it means “5th of May.” But I never knew the origin of the holiday (which, by the way, is apparently a minor holiday inMexico, but celebrated widely in theU.S.), so I did some research.
The day actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory overFranceat the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Francehad sent troops toMexicoover a defaulted loan, and the two armies clashed atPuebla, with the French finally retreating after the day-long battle. Although it was more of a symbolic than strategic victory forMexico, it did bolster the resistance, resulting inFrance’s departure 6 years later.
So enjoy your Margaritas, but remember the origin of the holiday…
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