With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, many people are getting their plans in place. Whether it is a night on the town or a gathering with friends and family, authentic Mexican cuisine is a staple when it comes to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. However, how many of us truly know the meaning behind this widely celebrated holiday?
Dating back to 1861, Cinco de Mayo revolves around a French invasion on the shores of Veracruz, Mexico. The French army of 8,000 moved to Mexico City where they were defeated by a Mexican resistance half of the size. The significance of the defeat traveled to miners in California. The Mexican miners, with much joy, celebrated by firing gunshots into the air and singing patriotic song.
However, it was not until the mid-1900s that celebration traveled further into the United States. Gaining full popularity in the 1980s, the United States proclaimed observation of the day in 2005.
Although Americans celebrate the day with a feast of Mexican cuisine and drink, Mexico holds their festivities a bit different. On Cinco de Mayo, Mexico will close all public schools and workplaces. Lined with bright colors, citizens take to the streets in honor of the historic battle. Reenactments of the battle amongst long lines of parades showcasing authentic costume can be witnessed for miles.
Celebration as We Know It
Of course, in the United States, commercial interests have capitalized on the celebration. With a heavy emphasis on authentic Mexican cuisine, music, and beverages, it is estimated that the day brings in more profit on beer than Super Bowl Sunday.
Similarly, other parts of the world such as; Vancouver, Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Australia, London, and Japan also hold their own version of the festivities. All around the world countries will be hosting celebrations to honor the battle with Mexican cuisine, drink, music, and culture.
If you are in the midst of making plans for Cinco de Mayo, consider stopping into California Burritos. Offering only the freshest ingredients, California Burritos is the best place for authentic Mexican cuisine in NH. Visit them online to view their creatively customizable menu. Providing authentic food for all tastes, as well as drink, be sure to stop in and let the festivities begin!