Happy Cinco de Mayo! In lieu of this holiday, we decided to highlight a few fun facts and recipes in our blog.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's independence day. It is actually a celebration of a victory over France in a single battle during the Franco-Mexican War called the Battle of Puebla. This unlikely victory was led by General Ignacio Zarazoga who remains a known figure within Mexican history. This small battle had great significance because it is said to have strengthened the Mexican resistance. Today, Cinco de Mayo is also known as the Battle of Puebla and is mostly celebrated within the city of Puebla. It is actually a fairly small holiday within Mexico but has been widely spread within the United States to celebrate the Mexican culture and heritage.
Canada celebrates Cinco de Mayo by putting on an aerial skydiving show called the "skydiving boogie"
Beer companies promoted Cinco de Mayo and now generate about $700 million dollars in sales on this holiday!
The US is the world's largest Tequila consumers!
Chandler, Arizona celebrates with Chiahuahua races
Los Angeles has a larger celebration than the city of Puebla!
The most traditional food to be eaten is the Mole Poblano, NOT tacos! (who knew!)
I know the best margarita recipe ;)