May 5th is the day Americans set aside to indulge in margaritas and Mexican food. Yum! Despite the common misperception that today is the celebration of Mexican Independence, it actually marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. On May 5, 1862, a small Mexican army was able to defeat a much larger and more well-equipped French army as they moved toward Mexico City. Eventually the French were able to capture the country’s capital, however, this small victory marked a turning point in Mexican Nationalism and became a morale boost for the people.
Although May 5th is not a Mexican federal holiday and it merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, north of the border Americans see it as a day to celebrate Mexican culture and cuisine. It is the perfect opportunity to host a fun and easy Cinco de Mayo party. Grab some fiesta decorations and a piñata, whip up some guacamole and salsa, and set up a fun Make Your Own Taco Bar. Throw in some Dos Equis, Coronas and margaritas, and your guests will be partying all night! Ole! If you need ideas, there are many boards on Pinterest dedicated to inspiring creative Cinco de Mayo party planning. Your Camden community might be throwing its own Cinco de Mayo party, so be sure to check your resident calendar to see if there is an event where you live. If you prefer to let others do the cooking, many Mexican/Tex-Mex restaurants in most major cities across the US will be hosting their own Cinco de Mayo parties. Just be prepared for long waits to get into the seating areas and bars.
We hope you have a chance to grab a taco and enjoy a happy Cinco de Mayo!