Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo means “Fifth of May” in Spanish, and is a celebration of the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was three times as large and better equipped. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Mexico, and has become a popular heritage celebration in the United States.
- Mexican Holidays: The History of Cinco de Mayo — An explanation of the holiday from Mexonline
- Cinco de Mayo — The history of Cinco de Mayo from the Inside Mexico Web site
- No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here’s What It Is — NBC News article discusses the actual meaning of Cinco de Mayo and why it is a bigger celebration in the United States than in Mexico
- Facts for Features : Cinco de Mayo — “Facts for Features and Special Editions consist of collections of statistics from the Census Bureau’s demographic and economic subject areas intended to commemorate anniversaries or observances or to provide background information for topics in the news.”
- Cinco de Mayo — Videos and images related to Cinco de Mayo from History.com
Cinco de Mayo Recipes
- Cinco de Mayo Menus — A selection of holiday-themed menus from Epicurious
- What to really eat on Cinco de Mayo — This article from Smithsonian.com highlights traditional Mexican food to prepare for Cinco de Mayo in lieu of the nachos and frozen margaritas
- Cinco de Mayo Food — Traditional Mexican recipes from the World Food and Wine site.
- Cinco de Mayo Menu — Plan you feast with these recipes from Food & Wine
- Cinco de Mayo Recipes — Recipes and information from AllRecipes.com
Books and articles about Cinco de Mayo
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- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo — A list of children’s books about Cinco de Mayo with links to the NOBLE catalog
- Cinco de Mayo History: From Bloodshed to Beer Fest — “The history of Cinco de Mayo: from Mexican battle to U.S. bacchanal” from National Geographic
- Remember, Remember, the Fifth of May — This opinion piece from the New York Times describes significance of the Battle of Puebla — celebrated annually ib Cinco de Mayo — and its impact on the U.S. Civil War
- Cinco de Mayo: Reinventing a Mexican Holiday — by Robert Con Davis-Undiano, Hispanic, May 2000.