Many people celebrate Cinco de Mayo with margaritas and Mexican cuisine, but do you know the history behind the popular holiday? It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day – Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla when Mexico defeated the French military in 1862. Mexico’s Independence Day actually begins on the evening of September 15th when the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace of Mexico City.
Cinco de Mayo is arguably more popular in the United States than it is in Mexico, so apart from indulging in a margarita today, consider these alternative ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo:
- Educate yourself! Netflix has a great movie on the history of Cinco de Mayo called “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla”. If you have children, borrow a book from your local library on the history of Cinco de Mayo and read it together! We recommend “El Cinco de Mayo: An America tradition” by David Hayes Bautista.
- Eat at an authentic Mexican restaurant! Here are some of the best authentic Mexican restaurants near our CENTURY 21 Affiliated offices. Make sure to try traditional meat like barbacoa or lengua.
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Chicago
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Rockford, IL
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Madison, WI
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee, WI
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Merrillville, IN
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in South Bend, IN
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Ann Arbor, MI
- Authentic Mexican restaurants in Grand Rapids, MI
- Donate to local organizations working for immigrant rights!
- Centro Multicultural La Familia in Pontiac, MI provides culturally-competent support services to families in a holistic approach in order to improve their quality of life.
- Latino Academy of Workforce Development in Madison, WI with the primary goal to create a safe, culturally-competent space that empowers Latino adults to succeed and integrate into the economic and educational systems of Dane County. LAWD’s unique ‘education through community’ approach works closely with students, responds to the community’s education and employment needs quickly, and creates pathways to improved education and employment for the Latino community.
- Latinos Progresando in Chicago serves immigrants with the highest quality, low-cost legal immigration services, community education and engagement, and advocacy/organizing around policy that affects immigrants.
- La Casa de Amistad in South Bend, IN is a charitable organization that functions as a community center. La Casa offers varied programs in an effort to educate Hispanic youth and adults in development of leadership kills, increase knowledge and appreciation of their own culture, and develop stronger self-esteem.