Every year, on the 5th of May, we go loco for Mexican food, margaritas, and mariachi bands.
The appropriately named holiday that is Cinco de Mayo brings about a feeling of fun and festivity.
Yet again it has come and gone, but really, what are we celebrating?
The reality is that we are celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, which of course happened on May 5th…1862.
But in the United States, why is that at all relevant? The answer is…it may not be. However, we love a good excuse to get together and celebrate, so why not?
That being said, here are the best 3 Cinco de Mayo misconceptions of 2019!
3. Cinco de Mayonnaise. If you pronounce the word “Mayo” in non-accented English, the holiday could take a confusing turn for you. The Spanish word for the month of “May” suddenly seems like an abbreviation for mayonnaise. No bueno.
2. 5th of May = 4th of July? Nope! A lot of people think that because the 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States, then the 5th of May must be Independence Day in Mexico. The logic there is sound, but unfortunately, not true.
1. National Holiday In Mexico. Again, nope! The assumption is that if we go big in The States for Cinco, then Mexico must go even bigger. But funny enough, it’s not even an official national holiday in Mexico. Schools are shut on May 5th in Mexico, though, so that’s a win!