Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla and is not Mexico's independence day like it widely thought. The Battle of Puebla took place when France was trying to invade Mexico and Napoleon's 6500 men came against 4000 Mexican men in a bloody battle. Mexico won and that is why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo today.
Puebla celebrates Cinco de Mayo with fiestas, dancing, decorations and food. Women dress in brightly colored dresses, and men wear authentic western clothing to commemorate the holiday. There are parades, Mariachi bands and people dancing in the streets. Cinco de Mayo is a truly a fiesta grande in Puebla and many other Mexican states celebrate it as well, but not to the degree of Puebla.
Cinco de Mayo Food
Cinco de Mayo is also widely celebrated in the United States and many food and drink companies use the holiday to promote their products. Cinco de Mayo parties are held and the party goers enjoy many traditional Mexican foods such as Tamales, Guacamole or chips and Salsa.
Cinco de Mayo Sweets
A sweet treat for a Cinco de Mayo celebration is a cool and creamy slice of Tres Leches Cake. And be sure to set out a big basket of Pan Dulce to enjoy throughout your Cinco de Mayo celebration.