Why We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Agave Mexican Restaurant
If you believed that Cinco de Mayo was Mexican Independence Day, you would be wrong. Nevertheless, this day is a great reason to celebrate the Mexican heritage prevalent especially in the Southern regions of the United States. You don’t even have to go to Mexico to get great Mexican food. At Agave Mexican Restaurant, we have your favorite dishes on the menu, and plenty of margaritas and tequilas for, too.
What Is Cinco de Mayo?
What everyone knows is that Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5th. It’s easy to remember, because the translation from Spanish means the fifth of May. What many people don’t really understand is the reason for celebrating this event. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican’s Independence Day. Instead, this day celebrates a decisive victory of the Mexican army over French forces.
In 1861, President Benito Juarez decided to freeze foreign debts for two years. Britain, Spain, and France naturally didn’t appreciate it, but only the French took military action against Mexico as a result. Ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte III, the French saw an opportunity to restore French interests in this part of the world.
On May 5, 1962, the Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Pueblo. This victory boosted morale, especially considering that the French had an army of 6,000 whereas the Mexican army was a poorly equipped force of only 4,000 people. While the French did eventually conquer Mexico, their victory was only short-lived. After the Civil War, the French troops were chased out of Mexico, and no European forces have tried to invade the Americas since.
Why We Celebrate in America
It does seem a little unusual to be celebrating a Mexican holiday in the United States and elsewhere in the world. The origins for this American tradition are found in California. Mexican miners in California celebrated the news of Mexican victory by firing off rifle shots and fireworks. This day has been official celebrated in California since 1863, although it has little significance in Mexico.
In the 1960s, beer companies and other marketers began to capitalize on this holiday and started to market it to the rest of the country as a way to move their products. Consequently, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular holiday with more than 150 official celebrations in the United States in honor of this day. Most of the celebration revolves around food and drinks – especially alcoholic drinks. Cheers!
How Mexico Celebrates
Only four days after the battle, President Juarez declared that the event would be a national holiday, official called “Battle of Puebla Day” or “Battle of Cinco de Mayo”. While it isn’t a statutory holiday in Mexico today, public schools are closed that day. And if you live in the State of Puebla or the neighboring State of Veracruz, you even get the day off of work. To celebrate, there are historical reenactments, parades, and meals throughout Mexico. But the celebration in Mexico is not as grand as the festivities that are held in America.
How We Celebrate
The country with the largest number of celebrations to honor this day is the United States. While you can find some festivities in other countries around the world, nobody takes this holiday as seriously as Americans. There are a few festivities and events throughout Canada, Australia, and England, too. After all, nobody ever said no to a reason to have a good time.
We don’t need to tell you how to celebrate a Mexican holidays, because the answer is obvious: good food and drinks with your family or friends. If you needed an excuse to have some great Mexican food, Cinco de Mayo is as good as any. Of course, you could extend the celebration over the entire month and come celebrate at Agave Mexican Restaurant in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Mexican Food and Drinks
Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to have a good time. Get in the celebratory mood by starting your night with a delicious Mexican dinner and don’t forget to order a margarita or one of our Mexican beers along with it. Most people celebrate this day with food. Since Mexican food is delicious, you don’t have to make any sacrifices here. Whether you like burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, or chips and salsa, it’s not difficult to find your favorite dinner item. Today might even be a great day to try something on our menu that you’ve never had before.