Cinco de Mayo

That's today! Americans, and especially those of us on the internet, never pass up a chance to celebrate a holiday. However, you might not know these 13 Surprising Facts about Cinco de Mayo. But now you can. For example:
5. Cinco de Mayo must be HUGE in Mexico! Not really. While the Batalla de Puebla helped to unify Mexico around one event, the major celebrations of Cinco de Mayo has largely been contained to the village of Puebla, about 100 miles east of Mexico City, where the original battle took place. In reality, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in America, where citizens of Mexican descent (and those who just like a good margarita) hold festivals from sea to shining sea.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! -via the Presurfer

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I'm happy to live in Southern California, where I can sample traditional Mexican foods, such as the exotic 'plato para los ninos'. Delicious!
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Cinco de Mayo as an American holiday only became a real success in the USA when the beer companies took up the cause. Not that they cared about the holiday itself, and really, the event itself in 1862 had far less impact on the USA than the storming of the Bastille, but it was a great marketing device. A booze fueled holiday for all.
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