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Cinco de Mayo- What it’s really about.

Cinco de Mayo is a national American holiday, (predominately American holiday) that everyone celebrates with margaritas and tacos. But do we really know the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) celebrates the Mexican’s Army 1862 victory over France at the battle of Puebla. This was during the Franco-Mexican War. The battle only lasted one day and it was a turning point for Mexican government, and this in return is what people now recognize as Cinco de Mayo or the Battle of Puebla Day.

Mexican- American Holiday

Turns out this is a pretty small and minor holiday in Mexico, but America has turned it into a lets celebrate Mexican culture and heritage day. This happens all over America especially in higher areas of Mexican-Americans. We celebrate by going to most local Mexican joints and drinking margaritas, listening to live music, and eating REALLY good Mexican food.

In other places, they pull out all the stops and most will have parades with beautiful women dressed in Mexican culture appropriated outfits and dancing to authentic Mexican music while celebrating all the awesome accomplishments from over the years by the Mexican- Americans while trying to keep their culture alive.

A Few Things to Do for Cinco de Mayo:

  • Support a local taco truck. (Most of the time, these are the best tacos/food you will ever have in your life. Also 99% of the time, it’s all 100% authentic.)
  • Support your local Mexican restaurant. (If quarantine is over)
  • Drinks some MARGARITAS! Get that tequila and come out with some new margarita recipes, I’d love to hear and try them!
  • Please correct someone if they say its Mexico’s Independence Day because it isn’t.
  • Have a fiesta at home, and make some real street tacos.
  • Make some salsa! (Real salsa, not the joke stuff you buy at grocery stores.) You can find my recipe here for my mama’s salsa!
  • Craft a pinata with your kids! (If you are in quarantine this is a great craft to do! Hang them up outside to show you support, plus they make for a cool summer decoration!)
  • Learn how to count pass 10 in Spanish or at least how to order your meal in Spanish, or better yet how to order a cerveza (beer). Most Mexican- Americans are bilingual, but most American’s aren’t. Plus, something new learned is ALWAYS a good thing.

Overall Take

Sometimes on Cinco de Mayo, I see a few people who don’t understand why we celebrate it. We are celebrating something other than our every day culture and we learn knew things all at the same time why doing so. Just because you live one way, doesn’t mean that everyone else does or has to. So go to that local Mexican restaurant, or taco truck, celebrate your margaritas, because in all HONESTY, where would you be or what would you do if we didn’t have Mexican- Americans or Mexican restaurants? You’d be depressed, that’s what. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Thanks for reading!

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  1. ?Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog? (@TeresamariaThe)

    May 6, 2020 at 2:13 am

    *lifting my hand* I’m one of those who’s heard the name of this Holiday all over the place but never knew what it was about. But now I know! How funny that Americans have taken it as their own and Mexicans themselves don’t celebrate it much. It’s really good, though, that Mexican culture is celebrated in the US in such a major way!

  2. nortoncharity

    May 6, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    This is such a great post! I did not really know what the holiday was for. I just knew it was a day to eat Mexican food! Lol thanks so much for sharing the true reason for the holiday!

    1. AshleyRamey

      May 7, 2020 at 2:44 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and learned something new! Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. Eleanor Pritchard

    May 7, 2020 at 2:18 am

    I had no idea Cinco de Mayo was a thing but it’s so interesting! I definitely want to find out more, as I’m currently learning Spanish so it’s great to learn about the cultural side to things as well 🙂


    1. AshleyRamey

      May 7, 2020 at 2:45 am

      Yes ma’am! It’s a fun holiday here ?? Thats awesome! Good luck with the Spanish! ?

  4. emsworldblog

    May 7, 2020 at 4:09 am

    I think I’ve probably heard the name once or twice, but never knew what this holiday actually was, so thank you for sharing!

    Em x


  5. Anika May

    May 7, 2020 at 5:49 am

    I love that you’re sharing this! It’s definitely a celebration I didn’t know much about but it’s so nice to learn something new. Lovely post!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

    1. AshleyRamey

      May 8, 2020 at 9:21 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. glowsteady

    May 8, 2020 at 6:07 am

    I’ve heard / seen a lot about Cinco de Mayo celebrations over the years but I’m guilty of not knowing the origin either. It always looks like so much fun! How odd that the main celebrations take place in America, but I guess it’s nice that culture is taken on board and celebrated in the higher Mexican areas. I hope it was fun this year despite the lockdown measures! x


  7. Lauren

    May 14, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Great post. I’m from the U.K. so we don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo but it was great to learn more about it and why you celebrate it!

    Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/

  8. Hannah Louise Blog

    May 18, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Fab post, I live in the UK so it isn’t something I really know a lot about so thanks for sharing!

    1. AshleyRamey

      May 19, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!

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