Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a special holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with lesser recognition elsewhere in the country. It’s also a popular celebration in the USA.
The date commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the French-Mexican War.
How to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
- Don’t limit your interest in Mexico to one day.
- Mark May 21 on your calendar – this is the global Cultural Diversity Day. What will you learn about Mexico’s cultural worlds?
- Mark May 22 on your calendar – this is the global Biodiversity Day. What will you learn about Mexico’s natural worlds?
- Mark May 15 on your calendar – this is Teacher Day. Ask Mexican friends what Día del Maestro means to them.
- Mark June 5 on your calendar – this is World Environment Day. Mexico shines brightly with cultural and environmental diversity. We have celebrated Mexican ecotourism pioneers – Colibris – from 2000-2010. Like and share their work!
- Seek about the food that makes Puebla famous. If you can’t eat it, then find a photo and ask yourself, would you eat that?
- Share your favorite Mexico and Mexico-friendly apps, websites, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.