Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone! 

Have you ever wondered what this holiday is really about besides an excuse to go out and get a margarita? Well, here are some facts I found out.
  • May 5th-Cinco De Mayo, is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862 against a big and powerful French army where Mexico won a huge victory.
  • Americans have often thought May 5th was Mexican Independence Day. That is not true. Cinco De Mayo is a big deal in Puebla where the famous battle took place, and it's a national holiday, but it really isn't as important as most people think. September 16, is actually Mexican Independence Day, and is a much more important holiday in Mexico.
  • Cinco De Mayo is celebrated more in the United States of America, by Mexicans and Americans alike, than it is in Mexico.  It’s a fun holiday. Its has seemed to be more about celebrating the Mexican way of life than about remembering a battle which happened 150 years ago. It is sometimes referred to as a “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day.” In the USA.
  • Cinco De Mayo is not the same as the Day of the Dead as most think. Day of the Dead is November 1st. The day after Americans celebrate Halloween.
So, put on your sombrero, get yourself a Mexican meal and a margarita and celebrate! Meanwhile I will share this pico de gallo recipe with you. Cut up as little or much as you want. It can be added to salsa or a top your favorite Mexican dish.

It's one of my favorite Mexican sides!
Pico de gallo

diced tomato
diced onion
chopped fresh Cilantro
minced garlic clove 
finely chopped seeded Jalapeno 
salt and pepper.
Mix all this together and you have a great topping for any dish.



  1. Happy Cinco De Mayo to you too.

  2. Happy Cinco De Mayo to you Lisa and have a fun time today! :)

  3. I think it became popular here because of the drinking part.

  4. I always enjoy your posts. I may not get a chance to read them every day or comment but I look forward to your varied and interesting topics. Must remember to congratulate you on your faithfulness to your health and weight. Thanks for the background of Cinco De Mayo celebrations.

  5. Very informative.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Cinco De Mayo in SF is the day our mariachi raise their rate to $1.50.

  6. Thanks for the history lesson. Also that dish looks delicious. Good food is a good way to celebrate, no matter the holiday!
    Love from over here, home is still over there!

    1. Oh shucks Jack. Hopefully early next week you will be rolling.

  7. I had to stop by and see your blog, Lisa. This recipe looks really good. Our daughter-in-law, who lives in TX, is Hispanic and I've gotten lots of great recipes from her, as well as excellent meals she's made.

  8. I love this holiday. Jilda and I were married on Cinco de Mayo.