Today is Tuesday is May 5th, or as it’s called in both Mexico and the United States…Cinco de Mayo! Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico’s independence. Instead, it is a day to commemorate the Mexican victory over France in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Each year on the 5th of May, Mexican and American families celebrate by indulging in Mexican cuisine, putting up Mexican-style decorations, and singing and dancing to traditional Mexican music. Cinco de Mayo is a great holiday to expand your family’s culinary horizons by encouraging them to try authentic Mexican dishes such as: Chile relleno, a stuffed pepper dish that originated in Puebla; Mole sauce, a homemade sauce that’s used in numerous cuisines and can made using peppers, bananas, pumpkin seeds, and even chocolate; Tamales, consisting of a spiced meat mixture which is wrapped in masa and cooked inside a corn husk. Not only is Mexican food delicious, but many of the dishes are easy to make.
Cinco de Mayo decorations include piñatas, sombreros, and maracas. But you can also get in the spirit by wearing green, white, and red on your clothing, the colors of the Mexican flag. Cinco de Mayo has been celebrated every year for more than 150 years….so put on a sombrero, grab your maracas, and let’s all celebrate together!