In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, we provide some fun facts, origin, why we celebrate, and special popcorn flavors we feature all month long. Why not celebrate not only with your favorite Mexican dishes and beverages but our fantastic limited time popcorn flavors as well.
Where did Cinco de Mayo originate from?
If you’re into languages, then you know that Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May and originates in Mexico. It commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2019, is also known as the Battle of Puebla Day.
What is an interesting fact about Cinco de Mayo?
Many people think the Cinco de Mayo celebration is Mexico’s Independence Day. As we said, it commemorates a battle of historic significance. Ironically, it’s not a federal holiday in Mexico. In fact, it is only celebrated in the city of Puebla but it’s become a big deal in the U.S. The Mexican victory at the battle in Puebla, Mexico was an unlikely victory. France sent 6,000 soldiers and Mexico had only 2,000 – a three-to-one deficit. And most of the Mexican soldiers were not an organized military unit. They were either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry and volunteered. There were 1,000 French casualties but only 100 of the Mexican soldiers perished. A true David versus Goliath victory. Today, in the U.S., Americans drink more beer on Cinco de Mayo than Super Bowl Sunday or St. Patrick’s Day.
How did the Battle of Puebla start?
Mexico had defaulted on its foreign debt to several European countries, prompting France to invade. Napoleon III, the first elected president of France, had his sights set on installing a monarchy in Mexico. And since his army was considered the most powerful in the world at the time, he had no doubt it would come to pass. But the Mexicans were determined to keep their country theirs.
Who started Cinco de Mayo in the US?
It’s been suggested the celebration had roots in the 1960’s Chicano movement. They identified strongly with these indigenous people and this battle fit perfectly into their agenda.
Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
Restaurants, bars, and liquor brands are always eager to cash in on a holiday. So, they seized on this historic event to promote sales and make an extra buck or two. We all love celebrations and who doesn’t like tacos, nachos, and margaritas?
Are you ready to celebrate now that you know fun facts about Cinco de Mayo, the origin, and why we celebrate? Shop our limited time popcorn flavors available for the month of May to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Remember, we’re closed on Sunday, which is Cinco de Mayo so be sure to stop in on Friday or Saturday!