Thinking about celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Great! But you may want to keep a few things in mind, like the significance of the date and what exactly it is that you're celebrating.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not an excuse to get turnt up, down margaritas, don fake mustaches and eat tortilla chips out of oversized sombreros. Nor is it Mexico’s independence Day-- that’s September 16th. Cinco de Mayo, or the "fifth of May" in English, actually commemorates the day Mexican troops defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Though it isn’t generally celebrated in Mexico -- outside of Puebla, of course-- Cinco de Mayo celebrations have gained popularity throughout U.S. cities like Los Angeles, New York, Denver and Phoenix, among others, all of which hold festivals and street fairs celebrating Mexican culture.
Still not clear on what Cinco de Mayo's all about? Then put down the tequila and pick up a little of what we’re putting down in the video above.