5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is this week – Olé! Because the Costa Vida founders were inspired by the vibrant lifestyle of coastal Mexico, we love celebrating this holiday every spring with a giveaway for our Costavidans. This year, the grand prize is a $50 Costa Card! Enter to win every day until May 5 when the winner will be randomly selected, announced on @CostaVida social media, and contacted by email. Good luck!
In North American countries, Cinco de Mayo means bright colors, lively music, and of course – tacos! But in Mexico, it’s celebrated a little differently. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’re sharing five facts you may not know about this holiday.
1. It is not Mexican Independence Day
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This holiday is often confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
2. Agua Fresco is the traditional drink
In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with margaritas and tequila. In Mexico, they choose agua fresco. This refreshing beverage is made by flavoring water with fruit and edible flowers. The most popular flavors include lime, tamarind, and hibiscus.
3. It took 100 years for the U.S. to adopt
The holiday started to become popular in the United States in the 1960’s as part of an effort to build and celebrate Mexican-American pride. Cinco de Mayo became a major holiday in the 1980’s.
5. Tacos are not the traditional meal
Tacos are present at some Cinco de Mayo celebrations, but the most common dish for this holiday is mole poblano. A rich sauce (mole) is made with green chiles and dozens of fragrant spices then used to smother chicken.
4. It is not a major or federal holiday
Although Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across North America, it is not a federal Mexican holiday. Major cities, especially in Puebla where the battle took place, celebrate with parades and historic reenactments.
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