One of the best things (for me anyway!) about being part of the #HomeMattersParty hostess team is discovering so many new ideas . . . crafts, recipes, fun family activities . . . but since I love history, I’ve also learned a lot about things that I really hadn’t had opportunity to look into before. So the week that we featured the Mardi Gras round-up, I discovered lots of new and interesting things about that holiday. Now, this week, we are featuring Cinco de Mayo, and although I’ve heard about it all my life, I never really knew what it was about. So when I started reading about it for this week’s party, I found it fascinating to learn more history! #CincodeMayo #HomeMattersParty
According to History.com “Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Cinco de Mayo 2018 occurs on Saturday, May 5. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.”
And in an article that I read from USA Today: “For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated Sept.16.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
Mexico had trouble paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.
Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. But most non-Mexican Americans have “no idea” about the day’s history, said Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.
“If you went to any bar tonight and said ‘What’s this day about?’, they would be clueless, and you can’t blame the alcohol consumption either,” Tortolero told USA TODAY Network.
For Tortolero, Cinco de Mayo is a reminder of how many times Mexico has been invaded by other countries.
“This one day, Mexico won the battle,” he said.”
I also discovered several recipes that I know my family would love, because we always like Mexican food . . . . but we haven’t ventured too much beyond tacos / taco salad. But we also love avocados, and this recipe for dessert nachos with strawberry, mango, and avocado salsa looks absolutely yummy!
Speaking of avocados . . . . look at this beautiful avocado lime cheesecake from AllRecipes!
More avocados in this
No avocados in this one, but look at how beautiful and delicious this looks!
No matter how you and your family celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I hope you have fun and if you try out any of these festive recipes, I’d love to know how your family likes them. I think the first one we’re going to try is this Tres Leche Cake! But I think the guacamole will be a huge hit, too. Hope you can join us for this week’s #HomeMattersParty!
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