5 May 2018
In mid 20th century America, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo became, among Mexican immigrants, a way of boosting pride in their heritage, not to mention an excuse to eat Mexican food and drink tequila. But in Mexico the holiday is celebrated a little bit differently: Since Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates a military victory, when, despite being vastly outnumbered by the French, the Mexican army was triumphant on 5th May 1862, the day is celebrated in the state of Puebla with parades, speeches, mouthwatering meals and historical re-enactments of the 1862 battle. In Puebla visitors experience an authentic, vibrant and colourful celebration, featuring arts spectacles, costumed paraders, Mexican dancers, mariachi bands, parties and dancing filling the streets. Be sure to sample mole poblano, the most traditional Cinco de Mayo dish. It’s a thick sauce made with green chillies – among many other ingredients – that is often served over turkey or chicken.