25 Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts, History, and Trivia

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Many people in the United States associate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas, tacos, and partying. But it is a meaningful celebration of Mexican history.

It commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862. When the Mexican army won the Second World War against France.

25 Cinco de Mayo Facts

1. In 2013, Americans spent more than $600 million on beer for Cinco de Mayo, according to Nielsen.

2. Not every Mexican state celebrates Cinco de Mayo.

3. About 36.6 million people of Mexican origin lived in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. This includes immigrants from Mexico and people who can trace their heritage back to Mexico.

4. In 2017, the Corona beer company lit up New York City’s famous Times Square Ball to resemble a lime wedge, and hosted a ‘Lime Drop’ to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

5. Some cities around the country, including Denver, Colo. and Chandler, Ariz., hold an annual Chihuahua Race in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

6. In 2005, Congress declared Cinco de Mayo an official U.S. holiday.

7. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in a few other places around the world, including Brisbane, Australia, Malta and the Cayman Islands.

8. Americans drink an average of 3.5 alcoholic beverages each on Cinco de Mayo, according to a survey from Alcohol.org.

9. Americans drink more tequila than any other country, according to the drinks market analysis firm IWSR.

10. Cinco de Mayo became a ‘drinking’ holiday in the U.S. in the 1980s, when beer companies targeted the Spanish-speaking population in marketing campaigns, according to Time.

11. There has been a backlash against Cinco de Mayo celebrations among some Latino communities in the U.S., who object to the holiday’s commercialism and portrayal of Mexican stereotypes, according to the New York Times.

12. In the past, Americans have consumed more than 80 million pounds of avocados on Cinco De Mayo.

13. There are about 54,000 Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

14. Americans spend about $2.9 billion on margaritas every year.

15. Los Angeles’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration is bigger than the one that takes place in Puebla, Mexico, where the holiday originated.

16. Forget the tacos: one of the most popular traditional dishes in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo is mole poblano, a rich sauce made from chocolate and chilis.

17. The colors traditionally associated with Cinco de Mayo are red, white and green, reflecting the colors of the Mexican flag.

18. A lot of “Mexican” foods we eat in the U.S. aren’t actually an authentic part of Mexican cuisine. Dishes like hard-shell tacos, nachos, and burritos, are considered “Tex-Mex” creations.

19. President Roosevelt helped popularize Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the U.S. with his 1933 Good Neighbor Policy, which he enacted to improve relations with Central and South American countries.

20. On Cinco de Mayo, a Hard Rock Cafe in the Cayman Islands hosts an annual air guitar competition.

21. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is known as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

22. The Battle of Puebla is re-enacted every year in Mexico City.

23. The city of Longmont, Colo., celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a Chihuahua beauty contest, in which they crown a King and Queen Chihuahua.

24. Many 2020 Cinco de Mayo celebrations have been canceled or transformed into virtual gatherings due to the pandemic.

25. Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken called Mexico’s Independence Day, but that falls on Sept. 16.

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