14 Cinco de Mayo Facts for Kids
Do you celebrate the fifth of May in your family? If you are not a Latino or Latina, or are not of that heritage, chances are that you do not. Even so, there are lots of interesting facts about this holiday that you may not know. Here, we will tell you a bit more about Cinco de Mayo. You might not know these facts even if you do celebrate the holiday.
1. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May, which is when the holiday occurs each year.
2. This holiday is celebrating a victory of the Mexican army over the French army which occurred on May 5, 1862.
3. The battle was called the Battle of Puebla because it occurred in the Mexican city of Puebla.
4. At this battle, the Mexican army was outnumbered. France was also better prepared with weapons and better training.
5. The French were invading Mexico because the Mexican government owed the French government money.
6. In total, the French attacked and retreated three times before the Mexican army, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, finally won the battle.
7. After the Mexicans won the battle, the Mexican President at the time, Benito Juarez, declared it a day to always be remembered.
8. Despite this victory, the Mexicans did not win this war. The French returned later to the country with more soldiers and took over the capital of Mexico City.
9. Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico.
10. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is actually more popular in the United States than it is in Mexico. More and larger celebrations take place in the US.
11. Some people think of Cinco as Mexican Independence Day, but it is not. Mexican Independence Day, which happens on September 16th, is a more important Mexican holiday than Cinco de Mayo.
12. Each year, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with parties, festivals, races, parades, family gatherings, food, dancing, concerts, speeches, battle reenactments, and more. The biggest party in all of Mexico happens in the city of Puebla.
13. If you are looking for a place to celebrate in the US, then you might want to head to Los Angeles. A huge party occurs there, every year, outside of the city hall.
14. Popular dishes to eat on Cinco de Mayo include things like guacamole, mole, tortillas, salsa, rice, and even special drinks. You might want to make or try these dishes on your next Cinco de Mayo party.