Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo means the “fifth of May” in Spanish. It also means a day of celebrating, in this case, Mexican culture and heritage.

A point of interest is that in Mexico, this holiday is primarily celebrated in the city of Puebla within the state of Puebla, Mexico. The reason for the celebration is because of a Mexican victory over French forces in Puebla on May 5, 1862. Other parts of Mexico may give this day some recognition.

Yet in the United States, these celebrations have become quite popular. And it’s not so much to celebrate the Mexican victory over the French but to celebrate the gifts of the Mexican culture.

These celebrations include dancing, such as baile folkloric or folk dances, which vary depending on the Mexican region or Southwestern US area from which they come. This type of dancing is usually characterized by traditional dresses (very colorful) and much movement – spinning, tapping, and heel stomping. Often they tell a story.

The fiestas often include mariachis or musical groups. They play violins, acoustic guitars, trumpets, and maybe even a harp. The root of this music dates back to colonial times and has evolved with societal changes and regional influences.

Then there is the food. YUM – who doesn’t like Mexican food? You might find guacamole, tres leches cake, enchiladas, grilled corn (spread with mayonnaise, chili powder and Cotija cheese), and quesadillas. And let’s not forget margaritas and cerveza, Spanish for beer.

So find the nearest Cinco de Mayo party, grab your maracas, and enjoy a fun-filled celebration!

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