Cinco De Mayo, The holiday of May 5th, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is a regional holiday celebrated in the City of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. It is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually on September 16th.
Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become ever more popular along the U.S. Mexico border and in parts of the U.S It is a celebration of Mexican culture, food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week.
I love Mexican food and you can find awesome Mexican Recipes everywhere, but these original cookies are my favorites:
Crafts for Cinco de Mayo
"It s Cinco de Mayo, and Mouse follows his nose to the festival,
where musicians play, dancers stomp,
The farm animals are tired of their usual food and decided to cook Mexican food.
by Laurie Krebs
This is a great introduction to the geography and Mexican customs also available in Spanish: Nos Vamos a Mexico!.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!