May 5th - Cinco de Mayo. So, you know what that means. It's time to break out the tequila and sombreros, eat some tasty Mexican food, and celebrate Mexico's liberty and freedom.
It is a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican Independence Day. However, that is a holiday that is observed in September. Cinco de Mayo is a similar holiday because it also celebrates a historical act of freedom - this time the 1862 event, known as the Battle of Puebla, during which the Mexican militia defeated the French army.
Today the holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico, but no celebrations are as grand as those in Puebla. But, you don't have to be of Mexican descent or live in Mexico to celebrate the holiday. While Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, it is commonly celebrated in other countries - especially the United States.
Those who enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo often do so by spending the day eating and drinking the culture's specialties, dancing to the country's unique and fun music, and donning clothing and accessories that are a Mexican custom.
This Cinco de Mayo, partake in the holiday by visiting a local Mexican eatery, trying your hand at making a dish or two yourself at home, or mixing up a cocktail that features one of the country's signature libations - tequila.