By Iman Sadri
Cinco de Mayo is upon us. The 5th of May of every year is a date that is marked on the U.S. calendar, and is notably celebrated by Hispanic revelers across the country. The date, marks the unlikely victory by the Mexican Army over French troops during the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. The Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguí defeated the French, and sent a shockwave of pride across Mexico. Cinco de Mayo, is not the Independence Day of Mexico, however. That date is reserved for September 16, which is the most important national patriotic day in Mexico.
States in the West, Southwest, and heavily Hispanic populated metropolitan areas celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With Mexican food, festivities, and fun there are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Javier's Newport in Orange County, California, is a main attraction in my locale. With authentically prepared Mexican dishes, such as steak fijitas, encheladas rancheros and cervezas, such as Negro Modelo, there is much celebrating to be done.
It makes you want to have a cinco de every month as a reason to celebrate.