Cinco de Mayo

Why do so many Americans celebrate the anniversary of Mexican troops defeating the French Army at the Battle Puebla in 1862?

 Cinco de Mayo—which means "the fifth of May" in Spanish—is widely celebrated in the United States, but not everyone knows exactly why they are indulging in margaritas and guacamole.

Cinco de Mayo is an annual holiday that celebrates a small but important battle.The day-long Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862 and celebrates Mexico's triumph against the larger and better-equipped Fench army. It was a huge morale booster—and remains a point of pride to this day. However, we make a bigger deal of it in the U.S. than they do in Mexico

Guacamole is a Cinco de Mayo staple in the United States. The California Avocado Commission estimated that 87 million pounds of avocados were consumed during 2017's Cinco de Mayo celebrations alone. That's 349 million servings of guacamole.

Below is one of my favorite guacamole recipes from a Mexican restaurant I enjoyed in Janie Grace's Rhodes College days. They make it tableside! 



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