In The Bender Kitchen: Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo

In The Bender Kitchen: Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo

The United States however, has embraced Cinco De Mayo as a commemoration of fMexican heritage and culture. Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and Sunday the Sharks play at The SAP Center in game 6 of round 2 of the playoffs. The fifth of may celebrates the day the Mexican Army beat France at the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.

The victory changed the course of Mexican and world history.

While the holiday's roots are in Mexico, it's actually a minor holiday there and is celebrated much more in the U.S. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men.

Jayme Sanders, owner of Mint Studio located at 5965 Village Way in Pacific Highlands Ranch, suggests upgrading your Cinco de Mayo fiesta with easy DIY d├ęcor. But few among them may know the true story behind the popular holiday, some might even believe it's Mexico's independence day, an embarrassingly common misconception. Cities and towns with large Mexican-American populations have held parades, put on shows with mariachi music and folk dances, and enjoyed traditional food including mole poblano since the 1960s when Chicanos raised awareness around it.

Josefina Saldana Portillo, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University told NBC News that the holiday was more of a commercial success for corporate beer companies, who marketed the day in order to increase sales of their Mexican alcohol products.

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