Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May), commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla over a much larger French army, on May 5th, 1862. It is not, as many believe, a celebration of Mexico’s independence from France which is celebrated in September.
There are few holidays with as many confused facts as Cinco de Mayo. For this reason, we’ve decided to create the following list of widely accepted facts concerning Cinco de Mayo, retrieved from a variety of reliable as well as questionable sources.
- Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on (you guessed it!) May 5th, although it is rumored that some people continue the celebration into the wee hours of May 6th.
- It was first celebrated in the United States in California around 1864.
- Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in the U.S., but not so much in Mexico.
- In 1992, a pizza restaurant manager by the name of Jeff, won $30 in a bet by drinking a large bowl of hot salsa in a Mexican restaurant on Cinco de Mayo ( I know – I was there).
- Cinco de Mayo has become more of a celebration of Mexican culture in the U.S. as a celebration of the Mexican defeat over the French.
- The Mexican army was outnumbered 3 to 1. This is roughly the ratio of orange juice to tequila in a “tequila Sunrise”. Coincidence?
- The Pulque is a traditional Mexican drink made from the milky fermented sap of the maguey cactus. This has nothing to do with Cinco de Mayo really, but we are willing to bet Jeff’s $30 that someone, somewhere drank one of these on Cinco de Mayo.
- The French returned a year later and defeated the Mexican Army, but that’s not really the point.
- We have nothing against the French.
We at The Comfort Sock would like to wish everyone a wonderful Cinco de Mayo! Despite the confusion of this much celebrated Holiday, we believe in celebrating cultures around the world and we also believe you don’t really need a reason to celebrate and have a little fun! And, don’t forget the glasses and the margarita mix.