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All About Cinco de Mayo

Everything you need to know about America's favorite Mexican holiday!


Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday that celebrates a stunning victory over invading French forces in 1862. Today it's celebrated all over the world with parades, traditional Mexican food and drinks and brightly colored decorations. Here's everything you'll need to host your own!

1. The Battle of Puebla

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Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday which celebrates the victory over French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. It is often mistakenly thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. More of an emotional victory than a military one, to Mexicans the Battle of Puebla represents Mexican resolve and bravery in the face of an overwhelming foe.

2. Cinco de Mayo for Kids

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Here's an article about Cinco de Mayo, written especially for younger readers!

3. Cinco de Mayo Mexican Food Recipes

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Food is an important part of any Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Here you'll find easy-to-follow recipes for Cinco de Mayo favorites like fajitas, salsa, guacamole and much more!

4. Your Cinco de Mayo Party

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Here you'll find everything you need to know about how to plan your own Cinco de Mayo party, from choosing a piñata to hiring a mariachi band!

5. Cinco de Mayo Handouts and Worksheets for School Kids

Teachers and homeschoolers will want to check out these handy, free Cinco de Mayo games and activities designed to educate and entertain at the same time.

6. Vegetarian/Vegan Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Don't forget about your vegetarian/vegan friends when making your Cinco de Mayo plans! Tasty guacamole and spicy salsas make Cinco de Mayo a vegetarian favorite. Here you'll find some recipes everyone on your list can enjoy.

7. Great places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the USA

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Although it is a Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated all over the world, particularly in the United States, with its large Mexican-American population. Here you'll find a list of cities known for their celebrations.

8. Porfirio Diaz, Hero of the Battle of Puebla

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One of the Mexican heroes of the Battle of Puebla was a dashing young General named Porfirio Diaz. He used his fame after the battle to launch a political career...and would eventually be Dictator of Mexico for 35 years.

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