According to Wikipedia, "Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride… Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War are credited with being the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States. (early 1860s)"
How to Celebrate
You can celebrate this day by learning about Mexican culture or by participating in a Cinco de Mayo celebration which generally focuses on cultural music and food. Ironically, the current Cinco de Mayo celebrations many people experience in the United States do not reflect how this day is celebrated in Mexico. In Mexico, schools are closed and people in Veracruz have a day off from work, but not to celebrate Mexican heritage or pride. Instead it is an observance of The Day of the Battle of Puebla.
To celebrate this day, we selected the 2003 Squirt Grapefruit Soda Can from Mexico that reads, "¡Viva Mexico!" It also has a banner with the color of the Mexican flag (green, white, and red), confetti, and a bell (which may be the bell from the National Palace in Mexico City).
Happy Cinco De Mayo (5/5)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com