Let’s be honest, most Americans probably don’t have a clue what the sentiment behind Cinco de Mayo really is. It’s much like St. Patrick’s Day: a fun excuse to drink green beer (or green margaritas) and kick up your heels. But, since it’s wise to be well informed, I reached out to my resident expert on Mexican history, otherwise known as Wikipedia, and learned the following about this colorful holiday:
The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.