Cinco de Mayo Factoids

by Christine on May 5th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

  1. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the day Mexican forces defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  This was a big deal because at that time the French hadn’t been defeated in 50 years. The French had double the amount of troops & better weapons but the Mexicans beat them anyway. Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico’s independence day.
  2. People in Mexico don’t really celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I think Americans do mainly because it’s an excuse to drink, but also because had the French won the battle in the 1860s and established a territory in Mexico, they would have supplied our Confederate troops and eventually helped to tear the USA apart during our Civil War.
  3. Time Magazine reported that Cinco de Mayo as a holiday gained popularity in the 1940s during the Chicano movement, but the United Press International claims that it didn’t gain popularity until the 1970s or 1980s when the food and beverage industry really latched onto it.
  4. The island of Malta in the Mediterranean is also a big supporter of the Cinco de Mayo holiday. That’s kind of random, isn’t it?

So there you go! There’s some Cinco de Mayo trivia for you today.

Are you going to celebrate the holiday today? If so, how?

What are you doing to stay on track with your dieting today and during all the upcoming holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, etc)?

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  • Sarah G

    I’m making chicken enchiladas & hubby will probably have a margarita or two. I don’t care for tequila so I’ll skip those.

    Moderation & band friendly food is my plan for the holidays.

  • Patrick

    As 5/5 is also my wifes birthday, you bet we celebrate it. But not with Mexican food. She likes her red meat and a steak house is usually the norm. To keep myself in check I’ve been ordering teh kabobs at such places; less meat more veggies and telling them to keep the starch for another customer. It works, even though tearing into a 20oz steak is appealing, I’ve been able to avoid that temptation.