Cinco De Mayo commemorates the 1861 Battle of Puebla which was a major symbolic victory during the Franco-Mexican War. Napoleon III wanted to take part of Mexico for the French while other countries were retreating. Mexico’s president Benito Juarez pulled together 2,000 men to fight the French and this rag tag group of men was lead by General Ignacio Zaragoza. When the French finally retreated, Mexico was left the victor. While this battle was not a decisively strategic one, it was symbolic and people have continued to celebrate.
Cinco De Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico and not widely celebrated outside of where the battle actually took place. Pueblo does mark the occasion with military parades and battle reenactments. In the U.S. it has come to be a way to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with good food, good drinks, and good friends. Make Black Bean and Corn Salsa Tomato or try Tomato Jalapeno Salsa for a something spicy to snack on during Cinco De Mayo. Salsa Verde is also a great dip for your tortilla chips or put on top of your tacos! For dinner, make Chicken Fajita Taquitos or Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. The perfect dishes to make while celebrating Cinco De Mayo.