In the United States, a lot of people think that Cinco de Mayo means celebrating Mexican heritage. But there is more to that story. On May 5th in 1862, Mexico defeated the French during the Battle of Puebla. Yes, Mexico won the battle but the country was still conquered by the French less than a year later.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated differently. The celebration is mainly in Puebla, where the battle took place, and the tradition is to recreate the battle with military parades. However, in the United States it has become a holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo means: Fiesta! Knowing the history, I see it as a day to celebrate victory with tacos, mariachis and piñatas and of course it’s a great excuse to enjoy a margarita!
However, for the second year in a row the celebration for Cinco de Mayo will be different. As a Mexican, I still love the idea of celebrating my heritage and the victory over the French. Estoy orgullosa de mis raíces. But, we all must be creative since we are not able to have fiestas due to COVID-19. If you’d like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, please consider celebrating with a small gathering at home.
The health and safety of our community is very important and while we want to keep the fiesta going, we all must do our part to see the end of this pandemic. Again, you can still celebrate and decorate your house with colorful streamers, or you can also meet with friends by utilizing virtual platforms and drinking a cold beer!
Hope you all stay safe, disfruten and ¡VIVA MEXICO RAZA!