Cinco de Mayo

By Cynthia Psarakis

Published on May 2, 2007

For the people of Mexico—and those of Mexican descent—May 5 is not just another day, it is a day to celebrate their vibrant, thriving culture.

Often mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the victory of a small Mexican army over a much larger French force at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the French occupation of that same year. This small but symbolic triumph signaled to the world Mexicans' determination to remain free of foreign interference.

Today this event is remembered with fiestas, feasts, and parades, particularly in the border towns of Mexico and the United States, where entire communities come together in an enthusiastic display of appreciation for the shared history and heritage of both cultures.

Wherever you live, you can join in the festivities with our exclusive Cinco de Mayo Fiesta menu. Kick off the evening with three tasty tequila-infused drinks, then dive into a memorable feast replete with lively dishes recalling the flavor of Mexico: authentic starters of guacamole, chile con queso, and salsas, all with just the right amount of heat; sizzling fajitas served with homemade tortillas; indulgently cheesy chile rellenos; and a sweet, refreshing ending of oranges stuffed with coconut custard.

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