When I hear Cinco de Mayo, I think of Mexican food and beer specials... but why do we celebrate it anyway?
I learned about Cinco de Mayo many years ago in Spanish class from the wonderful Ms. Booth. I had to refresh my memory of Cinco de Mayo and I'd thought I'd share with you what I learned from Mr. Wikipedia.
Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday in Mexico that celebrates the Mexicans defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla, 05-05-1862.
It was a significant battle for the Mexican Army because 1. it would be the last time a continent invaded the Americas and 2. they defeated an army twice as big and who hadn't been known for defeat for close to 50 years.
Don't confused Cinco de Mayo with Mexico Independence, that's on 9-16.
Since it is a regional holiday, not all of Mexico celebrates, however Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in some countries throughout the world, especially the United States. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo for possibly the same reasons we celebrate Oktoberfest, St. Patrick's Day (and other cultural holidays) to celebrate the American and Mexican Ancestry, or American-Irish, American-German ancestries... you get the idea. For many people, they just simple look at those holidays as days to have a good time.
So if it's a good time you want, I've copied for you the Applebee's specials for Cinco de Mayo. "We are turning up the fun on Cinco De Mayo! Enjoy our specials, including: Quesadilla Burger for just $5, 1/2 Price* appetizers all day and FREE chips and salsa. It’s a celebration you won’t want to miss! Grab your amigos y familia and join us on May 5th!"
*please celebrate responsibly*