HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!
For those of you who may not know, Cinco De Mayo is NOT the celebration of independence for Mexico. Mexico’s independence from Spain was 50 years before Cinco De Mayo! The Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16! (September 16, 1810)
May 5th is the day that the world recognizes the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 – Even though the French came back a year later and won.
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I grew up in America but I do have Spanish & Mexican blood/heritage so I am proud of that and I love celebrating it. When I was growing up, we visited Mexico some and I distinctly remember that they serve cheese quesadillas with absolutely everything! They’re like southerner’s biscuits or rolls over there. Even at breakfast, cheese quesadillas were the appetizer. So, I thought I would give it a go and see how my homemade quesadillas turn out. I haven’t made them yet, so I’ll update Twitter once I have the results!
It’s important to me to celebrate my heritage and the culture that brought my family, mom’s side, to America. Even though it was many generations ago, I still hold a special place in my heart for all things Spanish/Mexican. And no, they are NOT the same thing!
I urge you to look into the differences if you don’t know. I bet it will surprise you to find out that you won’t find many margaritas and “taco bell” style tacos in Mexico on this day. Look into it and think about trying some more traditional dishes this year. Maybe some chalupas, mole (pronounced like the mole in guacamole) poblanos, enchiladas con carnitas, or salsa verde. Mexico is full of art and food festivals this time of year. Many even experience the reenactment of the war. It is not quite the same type of celebration as the US has made it. But it should be celebrated nonetheless. I hope you all have a wonderful Cinco De Mayo and make some special memories today!
Do you celebrate Cinco De Mayo? If you do, let me know how!
Lots of Love,