Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Today is Cinco De Mayo!

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According to USA Today, Cinco de Mayo is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day (Mexican independence is celebrated Sept. 16). It is the commemoration of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. It is a reminder of how many times Mexico has been invaded by other countries, but on that one day – Mexico won the battle!

In America, Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse to eat Mexican food and drink margaritas, says Business Insider. But in Mexico, it’s celebrated a bit differently. In the city of Puebla, the site where the original battle took place, thousands gather for a massive parade and reenact the war. After the Mexican troops win, celebrations begin with music, dancing, and food.

According to Business Insider, “Chicken tinga is an iconic dish that is served during Cinco de Mayo.  Whether it’s served on a plate or in a tortilla, the traditional dish includes chicken cooked in a tomato base and seasoned with onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.”

Chicken Tinga Quesadillas. Credit: Paul Brighton, iStockPhoto.

And instead of tequila, the most popular drink in Mexico is actually agua fresco (flavored water with fruits, seeds, and flowers).

Do you plan on celebrating Cinco De Mayo today?

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