This year, Chris had his very first cinco de mayo. Cinco de mayo means fifth of May in Spanish and is a Mexican American holiday. In the US, it is often confused with Mexican independence day, which is actually celebrated on the 16th of September.
Cinco de mayo is actually only celerbated in one Mexican state, the state of Puebla, as a commemoration of the battle of Puebla in which the Mexicans defeated the French even have been greatly outnumbered. Being English, beating the French was something Chris could really get behind. 🙂
It was first celebrated in the US in the 1863 by Mexicans in California. Apparently some Mexican miners were sufficiently overjoyed to hear that Mexico was not to be run by the French that they had an impromptu celebration of sorts. It has been celebrated there ever since and spread to the rest of the country in the middle of the 20th century. From what we learned from chatting to some of our neighbors, it sounds like it is similar in nature to the American celebration of Saint Patrick’s day, which is basically a celebration of Ireland and its alcoholic beverages. Similarly, cinco de mayo is a celebration of Mexico with a fair amount of tequila and Mexican beer involved, plus Mexican food.
Here is the video of us trying as many different types of Mexican food as we could manage. Plus find out whether or not they let Chris have a go at the piñata: