Jacob LeBeau

What is "Cinco De Mayo"?

Cinco de Mayo, “Fifth of May” , also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III


"Cinco De Mayo" is a Mexican holiday, meaning it originated in Mexico.

Why is it important?

"Cinco De Mayo" is a day to be proud of Mexican culture/background and to celebrate a victory for the effort of Mexico way back when. Even though it is commonly a day of family and eating, the people who celebrate this holiday always remember their roots.

What is brought to celebrate?

Everyone all around the world celebrate the 5th in many different ways. Along with celebrating the holiday, participants bring all sorts of authentic Mexican cuisine and decorations. Some special Mexican dishes include..

-Chiles Rellenos

-Mole Sauce


Red, white and green are the colors of Mexico's flag and are a base for all party decorations. Along with streamers and other popular decorations Pinatas are a very fun thing to bring to a "Cinco De Mayo" celebration.

Traditional Clothing

Depending on where you are from you can dress in different ways. Men and Women from Mexico where traditional wear and people from the States often wear Sombreros and the colors of the Mexican flag. These things really put people in the mood to celebrate this holiday.

In Mexico, it’s become customary on Cinco de Mayo for people to dress in the traditional garb of the state in which they live. For example, in the southwestern state of Jalisco, women wear a style of dress specific to that state laced with varying shades of magenta, blue and yellow and adorned with bright ribbons that line the hem of the dress. In the coastal state of Veracruz, the traditional fashion is a white dress matched with a white shawl, offset with a black apron rimmed with flowers.

Similar to an American holiday?

When you think of "Cinco De Mayo" in terms of an American holiday, you would probably think of "the 4th of July". On these days we wear the colors of our countries and eat the foods of our countries. We also put up many decorations and gather/spend time with our families. There are more similarities then you think.


Even though holidays are similar, they all have unique aspects that surround them. On "Cinco De Mayo" unlike other celebrations uses Pinatas and mariachi bands.