Michelle’s Main Event would like to wish you a Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!! Like many Americans, for me, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas!! But after studying Spanish and Mexican culture abroad in Salamanca, I’ve learned a few things!! Cinco de Mayo, meaning the 5th of May in Spanish, is sometimes a misunderstood Mexican holiday.
One misconception is in regards to Mexico’s independence day. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated on Sept.16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico had troubles paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.
Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one! However, some non-Mexican Americans are unaware of the day’s history! So if you are going to host a fiesta today….celebrate with style and knowledge….and hold those margaritas high!! Oh…and we can always help you plan your fiesta!