Cinco de Mayo: What it is and how to celebrate

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his Sunday is Cinco de Mayo, a day celebrating Mexican culture across the United States and, to a lesser extent, in Mexico. Here is a complete guide to the holiday, from what it is to what foods to serve at your own fiesta.

WHAT IS CINCO DE MAYO AND WHAT DOES IT CELEBRATE?

People in the U.S. often mistake Cinco de Mayo for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s underdog victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The triumph inspired the Mexican people and, six years later, the French were finally driven out of Mexico for good. Today, the holiday more broadly celebrates Mexican culture as a whole.

WHEN IS CINCO DE MAYO?

Cinco de Mayo, which directly translates from Spanish to the “fifth of May,” will take place this Sunday, May 5.

HOW IS CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATED?

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by Mexican Americans with festive dress, parades and, of course, food! Typical spreads for the holiday include tacosguacamole and tequila drinks. If you are throwing a Cinco de Mayo party this year, be sure to give these festive recipes a try! (read more)

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