Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May Every Day | Cinco de Mayo

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "Fifth of May," the day that marks the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not a hugely celebrated holiday in Mexico, although I read that there are some military parades and other activities, particularly in Puebla. However, there are many celebrations in the United States (most likely because a couple of brewing companies began sponsoring the holiday as a marketing ploy in the 1980s). 

For me, it is a day to celebrate Mexican-American culture, especially the food! Before joining the United States, Texas was actually a part of Mexico (and before that the Spanish Empire), so Mexican culture is a huge part of our history and culture. We have an abundance of Mexican food restaurants, grocery stores, and eateries throughout the state. Some of them offer a variety we call Tex-Mex, while others offer more authentic Mexican fare. Before the Covid pandemic, we enjoyed going out for a meal at Mexican restaurants around town and whenever we traveled.

Currently, we make tacos and quesadillas and burritos here at home. Robbie's been known to whip up a batch of Casa Ole's Chili Con Queso or his own homemade salsa, and I have several recipes I like to make.

Were you aware of the Cinco de Mayo holiday? Are you celebrating today?


  1. Cinco de Mayo has no resonance over here at all, but great to see your recipes and learn more about it. I like "From the kitchen of: Melissa Gross"!

  2. We are aware of Cinco de Mayo Day, but other than a few ensuring they eat modern Mexican food; tacos, there isn't any real observance of the day in my part of the world. During the summer, one area to the south west of us, has a large population of Mexican migrant farmers so I am sure there is much more of a celebration on this day.

  3. I'm a huge fan of Mexican food, and if we hadn't had dinner with friends on the 5th, we definitely would have celebrated Cinco de Mayo.


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