Cinco de Mayo History

Cinco de Mayo is a day filled with good times, good fun and a lot of tequila. But, what exactly are we celebrating?

What is Cinco de Mayo?

This day commemorates the Mexican Army’s astonishing triumph over the French in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican Army was immensely outnumbered by the French, yet became victorious over an army that had not lost a battle in over fifty years! President Juarez declared Cinco de Mayo a national annual holiday, but who knew it would turn into the international celebration that it did?

How is the holiday celebrated in Mexico?

In Mexico, the majority of the festivities tend to take place in the town of Puebla where the battle was fought. Members of the community come together to commemorate the victory in many ways. There are large parades that travel through town with music and floats to symbolize their traditional Mexican heritage. Volunteers dress up as Mexican and French soldiers to reenact the battle for visitors and residents. Vendors line the streets selling traditional Mexican foods as well as patriotic clothing and accessories for people to wear during the celebration.

How is it celebrated in other countries?

There are various Cinco de Mayo traditions that are celebrated around the world. Over the years, Americans and Canadians have adopted the Mexican traditions to share in the celebration. Friends and family gather together to host Cinco de Mayo parties. The colors of the Mexican flag often flood the streets, business and residences to commemorate and join in solidarity with streamers, balloons and colorful flowers. Often, individuals dress in costume and traditional Mexican fashion. The sounds of Mariachi bands and other popular Mexican music can be heard all around during these celebrations along with traditional Mexican dancing. Last but certainly not least is the food! Another common Cinco de Mayo tradition includes copious amounts of Mexican cuisine. Everyone knows that it’s not a celebration without an array of delicious treats to choose from. Most commonly found at any given gathering is Guacamole, Nopales Huaraches, Chile Rellenos, Tostadas and Shrimp Ceviche. The list goes on and on, but rest assured, serving these dishes at your upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration will guarantee success as you pay homage to the Mexican culture. Check out our resort-inspired Cinco de Mayo menu for your celebration.

While AMResorts® has a large portfolio across multiple countries, we especially take pride in our strong presence in Mexico. Check out AMResorts® Cancun Destination Page for an inside look at all Mexico has to offer during your next trip. Our expertly trained teams are waiting to welcome you home and share their cultural experiences with you. Be sure to keep an eye out for our Cinco de Mayo Flash Sale (launching May 5, 2021) when booking your next trip with AMResorts®.

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