Celebrated by millions every year, Cinco de Mayo has become as popular in the U.S. as it is in some Mexican cities. Do you know why? Not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16), it is the commemoration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France in 1862 in Puebla. This occurred during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867) as France was marching toward Mexico City. At the time, Mexico owed a great deal to Spain, England and France.
Wanting to expand their own territory at the time, and using the debt owed them by Mexico as an excuse, France invaded along the gulf coast of Mexico, near the state of Veracruz, and began their trek toward Mexico City. Upon reaching Puebla, they were met with fierce fighting and Puebla held, causing the French to regroup before they finally made their way to Mexico City. To this day, the residents of Puebla celebrate the bravery of its citizens against overwhelming odds.
Is it Celebrated in Mexico?
It is celebrated in certain areas of Mexico, but only Puebla celebrates it with the enthusiasm of victors whose ancestors had won the battle. Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the border towns of Texas and in cities across the United State. Restaurants that serve Mexican food and flavorful margaritas do it best and offer their guests the festive atmosphere of Puebla and their victory.
How is the Holiday Celebrated?
In Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with food, drinks, entertainment and customs unique to the area. In the United States, people across the country participate at private parties and in Mexican restaurants that offer specials and special events to celebrate the day.
Why Should You Celebrate at Papa Lopez? !
At Papa Lopez Mexican Cantina, we know how to do Cinco de Mayo the right way. Our fine Mexican food, Tex-Mex creations, margaritas and festive atmosphere will give you a great place to celebrate.
Join us at Papa Lopez during the week of Cinco de Mayo for a 3 DAY EVENT! We will be celebrating on May 3rd, 4th and 5th!
Have questions? Just call us today at 214-383-2150 to schedule an event. Come join us for the best Cinco de Mayo celebration around!