Feliz Cinco de Mayo. KSKY Nation!
But this fun-filled holiday isn't just about the margaritas, sombreros, and tortilla chips. Enjoy this list of fun facts and trivia about El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla)!
- Cinco de Mayo (The Fifth of May)actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Despite being small and ill-equipped, the Mexican army won the heated battle under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the USA, the day is now observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
- According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million avocados during the holiday.
- Cinco de Mayo is NOT the same as Mexican Independence Day - that occurred 50 years prior on September 16, 1810.
- The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles - the Festival de Fiesta Broadway. Over 300,000 people are expected at this year's event.
- Cinco de Mayo is just one of the approximately 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.
- In Puebla, revelers typically wear Western costumes to celebrate the holiday.
- Tequila is derived from the agave plant - today the popular liquor is brewed from the blue agave native to the Jalisco region of Mexico.
Now go use these facts to win some bar bets and free Patron shots tonight!