A fiesta of margaritas, mariachis and mirth
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Ole. Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo. It’s one of Mexico’s important holidays. But, it is often mistaken for the country’s Independence Day—which is actually September 16. A date that marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in honor of an 1862 military victory over Napoleon III’s French forces.
The origin of Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo translates directly from Spanish as “5th of May.” During the day, celebrations erupt South of Border complete with mariachis, mucho margaritas, marching bands and lots of food. But the fun and fiestas also head north to the United States, especially California—where it was first celebrated in 1863.
Ironically, Denver’s annual Cinco de Mayo Celebrate Culture Festival is the largest anywhere. It attracts about 400,000 people flock to Civic Center Park on May 5-6 for the event.
Fiestas of food
Like most holidays, food and drink play a big role during Cinco de Mayo. Especially comidas such as Mole Poblano– the iconic dish of Puebla. And of course, guacamole, fresh salsa, shrimp ceviche, chiles rellenos and other spicy dishes.
Best way to get your Cinco de Mayo on
Here are some tips. First go to you local Mexican restaurant on Taco Tuesday (Cinco de Mayo eve) and order a bunch to go to reheat. Or, make a reservation at a Mexican eatery for you and your gang. And lastly cook up a storm on your own. There are tons of recipes on Google et al.
So if you’re just looking for a good excuse to down a few margaritas, Wednesday, May 5 it it. Ole and salut.