Being married to a Mexican, we had to make an attempt at celebrating Cinco de Mayo! He had to work, but some of his employees are Mexicans and great cooks! They made some of their favorite dishes and brought them into work Saturday to share with all the other employees. Hubby brought home some of the best food yesterday evening! Refried beans, home made salsa, Mexican rice, chilis with nopales (cactus). YUMMO!
Many confuse Cinco de Mayo as being Mexico's Independence Day. It seems that Cinco is celebrated more in the United States than in Mexico, as a way to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. It commemorates an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico's real Independence Day is September 16. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the region of Puebla, as that is where a five year battle occurred. Maximillian and the French were eventually defeated and expelled in 1867, five years after the Battle of Puebla.
I didn't cook anything for Cinco because it was also our church's Mother & Daughter Luncheon! I will share photos and details about that soon. It was a wonderful day and I admire the ladies and girls who put so much work into it. Not long after returning home from the luncheon, my friend Pat called to tell me they were making chicken enchiladas for supper in honor of Cinco de Mayo! Her family isn't even Mexican, but yet they put forth a bigger effort than we did in our household! Oh well! Maybe next year.