Today is Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While the day is significant in Mexico, it has taken on a more significant role in Mexican-American culture and heritage. Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in areas with substantial Mexican-American populations such as the southwest and the Chicago area.
Mexican culture has spread throughout the United States, as evidenced by the number of “Mexican” restaurants around the country. From fast-food restaurants to corporate chains to mom and pop shops run by immigrants and long-time citizens, we Americans love us some “Mexican” food. Tacos, enchiladas, tamales, and burritos have all found their way to the dinner tables of almost every family in America.
This year, 2020, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday. Back on 1989, Wyoming-based Taco John’s received a trademark for “Taco Tuesday,” a marketing campaign to increase sales of tortilla-based Mexican food at its fast-food restaurants. In recent years, the term “Taco Tuesday” has spread well beyond Taco John’s ability to control the spread of the phrase.
So, today, celebrate Mexican-American culture with a taco or other traditional Mexican cuisine.