With the Kentucky Derby conveniently colliding with Cinco de Mayo this year, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate!
While people all over the US will be sipping margaritas and pounding Coronas today, only a small percentage of Mexicans in Mexico will celebrate the regional holiday.
Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's hard victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory provided a significant morale boost to the Mexican people and came to serve as a symbol of the country's spirit and perseverance. The battle wasn't a decisive turning point, and the French ended up taking Mexico City a year later and ruling for about three more years.
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Jayme Sanders, owner of Mint Studio located at 5965 Village Way in Pacific Highlands Ranch, suggests upgrading your Cinco de Mayo fiesta with easy DIY décor. Whatever your style, here's everything you need to know to make it your best Cinco de Mayo ever. The celebration spread as Hispanic culture grew in the USA, getting a commercial boost in the 1980s when restaurants and bars began cashing in on the event. The day is commemorated with celebrations of Mexican cuisine, culture and music. Although May 5 is not technically Mexican Independence Day, Silvia Morquecho said she's happy the holiday exists because it's a busy day of sales for her and selling is her livelihood.