1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's
Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the
Battle of Puebla
, where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an
invading French army in 1862.
2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is
in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds
more of a celebration on its
Independence Day, September 16,
than it does on Cinco de Mayo.
3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The
says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco
4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de
Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.
Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?
5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S.
residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of
Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest
Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.