Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday celebrated in the United States and primarily limited to the state of Puebla in Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, which actually is September 16, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world.

The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing.

Grab some friends and host a party or make it into a special night with your honey.

Prepare a Mexican meal, make some margaritas, throw a couple Mexican blankets over the couch, light some candles and create your own sensual adventure. Check local costume shops for Cinco de Mayo outfits and do some role playing or dancing. If the weather is kind, deck out your patio with chili pepper lights and candles to enhance the mood.

Just try not to start partying too early or to much or you might end up sleeping the holiday away.

For some amazing Margarita recipes visit Margarita Texas

Visit the Food Network for some yummy recipes to celebrate the holiday.

If you need help turning a hum-drum day into a Mexican fiesta you need a little help from CHEF AARÓN SÁNCHEZ. Sanchez is the Owner/Executive Chef of Centrico & Paladar as well as a Food Network Star & Cookbook Author Award-Winning Chef. He also has a great smile. Check out his website.

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Jeanne St. James said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Happy Cinco De Mayo... your link sure will help me with my party this SaturdaY!

Chloe Waits said...

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!

Great Post Mary, I learned something new today, it looks like fun...

Savanna Kougar said...

Wow, there's so much I love about the Mexican and Latin cultures. Now, I have even more.