Five Cinco De Mayo Facts

Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday and although many of us use the day as an  excuse to drink inappropriate amounts of tequila, May 5th is actually  about a lot more than partying. Here are five little-known facts about  the holiday:

  • Cinco De Mayo Is More Popular in the United States Than MexicoAlthough  it's a Mexican holiday, more Americans celebrate the 5th of May than  Mexicans. This is because the Battle of Puebla occurred while America  was embroiled in civil war: Mexicans living in the United States found  strength in celebrating the victory against the French in their native  country. These celebrations eventually became a huge part of American  culture, with the largest celebrations occurring in Los Angeles. 
  • Cinco De Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day. Many  Americans believe that Cinco de Mayo also represents the day that  Mexico gained its independence as a country, but that belief is wrong.  Mexico has a separate holiday, "Grito de Dolores," for its independence  day, which occurs on September 16. The name comes from the town of  Dolores where the independence movement in the country began.
  • The Commercialization of Cinco De Mayo by Alcohol Companies Began in the 1980s. Cinco  de Mayo was not always about seeing how many shots of tequila one could  down or how many margaritas one could put away. That part of the  celebration began in the 1980s when companies selling alcoholic  beverages figured out that they could market the holiday as a drinking  day. Now, Americans wouldn't think about celebrating the holiday without  imbibing. 
  • One of Two People Invented the Margarita. Speaking  of the margarita, one of the most consumed drinks on Cinco de Mayo,  we're not really sure who actually invented it, although historians have  narrowed it down to two people. Mexican legend states that Carlos  "Danny" Herrera developed the drink around 1938 after dreaming it up for  an aspiring actress who could only drink tequila. There was also a  Dallas socialite, Margarita Sames, who claimed that she created the  drink in 1948, which was then named after her. 
  • Americans Consume Millions of Avocados on Cinco De Mayo. Cinco  de Mayo, though, isn't just about drinking lots of tequila: it's also  about enjoying Mexican food, including guacamole, a popular Mexican dip  made with avocados. The California Avocado Commission estimates that 81  million avocados get consumed on May 5.

Source:  Wikipedia