It’s Cinco De Mayo today! Today we celebrate the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 (the day is also known as Battle of Puebla Day). If you want to learn more about the day’s history, here’s a link to the History Channel where you can do just that.
Will you do something special today to celebrate? Will you go to an event or out to eat? Is there a margarita somewhere with your name on it? Will you cook or drink something special at home or in your RV?
After you vote, please leave a comment and tell us what you’re doing today to celebrate. Thanks!
Funny how many say it shouldn’t be any celebration here. I wonder how many celebrate St Patty’s day?
Why should I celebrate May 5th? Do they celebrate July 4th in Mexico, or the UK, or China?
The Mexican people don’t have a lot to celebrate in their past, and this is just an excuse-albeit a good one- to do that. Celebrate their culture really is what it’s about. I think it really started with the Chicanos of southern CA.They dance and sing and eat the best food in the world and have a wonderful time, and welcome anybody to join in.
Nope. Nothing. If I could find a decent taco within a hundred miles from home, I’d go get one. But there’s not….
Do something special? Yes. Celebrate the 5th of May? No. We left for an RV trip on the 5th of May, 2023.
My wife is Mexican and never understood why the US celebrates 5th of may. She did not know what it was for a long time. Not really mention in Mexican history, since the French won the war in 1863 (Mexico won a battle but in the end lost the war). So we do not celebrate it here
I live in the winter in Yuma, AZ, 24 miles from Los Algodones, MX, where I frequent often, I was going to go there on the 5th last year, thought about it and went on the 6th, when at the optometrist there to get glasses, I told him I was going to come by yesterday and his response was they do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo, there…
Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday. I see no reason to celebrate it.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! The US holiday to celebrate Corona Beer Cinco de Drinko! What are we really celebrating? Not Mexico’s independence …that occurred 50 years prior to this battle.
In 1862 the Mexican Army of 2,000 men, in the town of Puebla, outnumbered 3 to 1, faced French invaders. France’s Emporer Napoloen III intended to claim Mexico for himself. The Mexcan army wasn’t supposed to show up much less win the battle!
The loss sent the French out of North America. With the French gone, the Confederacy could no longer count on the French as allies, thus perhaps changing the course of the American Civil War, and US history!
I’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Escapees CARE. We will have parking-lot bingo with really nice prizes donated by various local health care organizations (nursing homes, EMTs, physical therapists, etc.). Of course, for lunch today, there will be Tex-Mex food.
Taco Bell count?
Ha ha ha
Now you got me chuckling! Thanks!
Our vote was “no”. We enjoy cooking. We eat an array of ethnic foods. Mexican food is always on our menu. Monday night Tacos sometimes on Tuesday too. Easy to get all of our veggies with Taco Salads. So tonight a little bit of Machaca, Rice, tortillas and side salad. Another normal favorite dinner/lunch.
Having Chinese for supper tonight, Had Mexican yesterday and Wednesday.
I am an American so Cinco De Mayo has zero meaning and should not even be a thing here.
Not for the sake of cinco de drinko, however we are heading to Borrego Springs for the wknd camping. While there we will hit up Carmelita’s for some fantastic Mexican cuisine. Safe travels everyone!
We just returned to the north after another winter from not too far away from the Mexican border. Whole lot of Scandinavians in this region. Time to celebrate a different culture. We will be ready to return south next fall and again enjoy that culture.
Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday in Mexico, called El Dia de la Batella de Puebla. It celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862, during the Battle. Very similar to the revolutionary war. So I wouldn’t say it was unimportant to Mexico and it seemed to transfer to here because of population of our Spanish neighbors.
but the french come back in 1863 and defeated the Mexico in the second battle. Mexican won 1 battle but in end lost the war.
We did Cinco De Mayo while living in NM and AZ not much of a celebration up on the east coast such as festivals. It’s a bar thing up here. We always had a great time learning the culture.
So does that mean if the French won the battle we would be eating French toast, French fries, etc.
LOL! We love French Fries!
May the 4th be with you was yesterday so I’m all partied out.