Cinco de Mayo 2018
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated each year on the fifth day of May. The date is easy to remember because the English translation of Cinco de Mayo is literally the fifth of May. The date is fixed, so Cinco de Mayo in 2018 is Saturday, May 5.
When Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
Although the celebration is widely popular in the U.S., the origins of Cinco de Mayo lie in the history of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the specific day in 1862 when the Mexican military scored a decisive victory over invading French forces. The Mexican army defeated a significantly larger French force at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
The battle victory served as a rallying cry for the Mexican resistance. Ever since the battle of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated in Mexico and elsewhere. California residents of Mexican heritage celebrated Cinco de Mayo as early as 1863. The stunning nature of the victory ensured that it would be remembered long thereafter.
Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
In late 1861, the French military invaded Mexico at the seaport city of Veracruz. The French objective was to progressively move inland and capture Mexico City. However, the Mexican army trounced the invading forces near the city of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although the original basis for Cinco de Mayo is a military victory, the current festivities are a celebration of Mexican culture.
Cinco de Mayo celebrations are held in cities across the U.S. Festivities include parades and music performances. The celebrations emphasize Mexican culture, especially Mexican cuisine. Cinco de Mayo events are also held in other countries around the world.
The memory of the battle of Puebla has not been forgotten. It has just been transformed into the celebration of a cultural heritage. The miraculous spirit that prevailed near the city of Puebla in 1862 is remembered each year on May 5.
- Roosevelt was the one that made Cinco de Mayo popular in the US.
- 81 million pounds of avocado are consumed every year on Cinco de Mayo.
- The biggest Cinco de Mayo party is celebrated in Los Angeles.