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
  • 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

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

  • What to really eat on Cinco de Mayo — This article from 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 — “Celebrate the day with an authentic Mexican feast” from the FoodNetwork website
  • Cinco de Mayo Recipes — Recipes and information from the website
  • Max Your Mex on Cinco de Mayo — Ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo and a collection of recipes from the makers of Tabasco sauce

Books and articles about Cinco de Mayo

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