People around the world may ring in the holiday without knowing its meaning, Cervantes suggests, so we decided to dig a little deeper into the soul of Cinco de Mayo.
What it's about: A celebration of the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862, when a small Mexican army defeated invading French troops during the French-Mexican War.
What it is not: A popular event in Mexico. While Cinco de Mayo is still observed in Puebla, Mexico's biggest national celebration is its Independence Day on Sept. 16.
What it is today: A way to celebrate collective Latino-American heritage with parades, celebrations, music events and lots of food and drink.
Where to celebrate: At your favorite Mexican bar or restaurant, many of which are hosting mega-parties. Virginia-Highland will host its annual Cinco de Mayo block party between restaurants Pozole and Limerick Junction on Highland Avenue.
Drink of choice: Instead of a margarita, consider a paloma -- a blend of tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda.
Food: Ditch the hard taco and opt for traditional dishes such as tostadas and pozole, a Mexican stew.