Happy Cinco de Mayo! Time to get some tacos, guacamole, margaritas and cerveza. But as Americans, what are we really celebrating? Mexican Independence Day isn't until September 16!
It turns out, May 5th is a lesser-celebrated holiday in Mexico, marking the anniversary of the battle of Puebla, where Mexican forces defeated the occupying French army in 1862. That being said, every year on May 5th we celebrate those with Mexican-American heritage.
Now, there's a lot going on today. There are lots of places and ways to celebrate. I've found five great sites online with deals, recipes, history and more, all about Cinco de Mayo.
Don't feel like going out and fighting the crowd this year? You can have a fantastic party right at home. Chipotle has posted a great guacamole recipe and the Food Network has your drink menu covered, with recipes for horchata, michelada, mango-guava batidos, lime margarita jello shots and tequila refresca.
If you feel like going out to celebrate, this shopping blog has rounded up all the deals you can get today. These places include Applebee's, Chipotle, Moe's Southwest Grill, Taco Bell and more.
If you're more interested in the history of Cinco de Mayo, head over to Time Magazine's site. It's got a complete history and lots of great facts answering the question, "What’s with Cinco de Mayo, anyway?"
Last but not least, you'll want to celebrate responsibly. There are plenty of people - some members of the media included - who aren't exactly respectful of the holiday. CNN has compiled a list of Cinco de Mayo fails. Get ready to facepalm. And if your celebration includes a few margaritas, please ensure that you have a designated driver in your group or some other way to get home safely.