Cinco de Mayo: Resisting French Imperialism Since 1862
Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Yes, that’s right. Cinco de Mayo is a (largely American) holiday celebrating Mexican resistance against French imperialism.
Contrary to a popular misconception, the date is *not* celebrating Mexican independence. Mexican independence is celebrated every year on September 16 (which, in the US, is National Guacamole Day, yum!).
A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Celebrations typically include parades, mariachi music performances, and street festivals along with delicious food.
Regardless of its initial meaning, Cinco de Mayo has evolved to become a fun celebration of Mexico and Mexican cuisine. We encourage you to browse our collection of Mexican recipes and whip up a delicious Fiesta at home.
We thought so.