Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (image: cinco de kiddo)

Tuesday is Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May in English, a day to celebrate Mexican culture, especially the food and drink. Many Americans believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, but that’s not the case. The holiday actually honors the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla.

The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862 during the French-Mexican war. General Ignacio Zaragoza led his men to a staggering victory over a French army three times the size of his own. Although the war didn’t end for six more years, Cinco de Mayo remained the rallying cry for Mexican troops, filling them with pride and strength to continue the fight until they emerged victorious.

To throw your own Cinco de Mayo celebration, try the ideas below:

  • EATtacos. My favorite are ground beef tacos in hard corn shells, although these are definitely more American than traditional Mexican, which are served in soft corn shells.
  • DRINKmargaritas. A delicious cocktail made with tequila, margaritas can be served frozen or on the rocks. In my opinion, there is little on this earth as wonderful as sitting on a patio with friends drinking margaritas on the rocks with salt.
  • LISTEN – to a fantastic Mexican compilation on free Napster. Warning – may not play outside the US.
  • WATCH – nothing – it’s Cinco de Mayo; you should be dancing!

For more on the history of Cinco de Mayo, including a short but comprehensive video, click here.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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