As we've said often before, when it comes to celebrating holidays, outside of maybe Christmas, few really understand what their celebrating, but why let history and 'specific purpose' get in the way of an excuse to drink..
So here we go..
1) What exactly is Cinco de Mayo celebrating?
A -- Catholicism was designated the National religion of Mexico long ago on this date
B -- It is a holiday made up by Mexican beer distributors as an excuse to sell their product
C -- The Mexicans won a small military battle vs the French
D -- It is to celebrate the successful capturing of the Alamo and killing of the Texan 'gringos' inside it
Answer: C A small French force of 8,000 troops were defeated by an even smaller force of 4,000 Mexican troops at what is called the Battle of Puebla.
2) What year did that military event occur?
A -- 1904
B -- 1862
C -- 1842
D -- 1801
Answer: B 1862
3) Especially in the US, Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico's Independence day because really most Americans don't give a damn and only want excuse to drink 'cerveza'.. So for those who Do care, what date is the most important holiday in Mexico?
B -- September 16
C -- August 1
D -- October 15
Answer: B September 16 known as "Grito de Delores" (Cry of Delores) which was uttered from the small town of Dolores, near Guanajuato in Mexico, on September 16, 1810 as ultimately the Spanish colonial government was overthrown
4) Cinco de Mayo had to do with France's physical occupation of Mexico, but why exactly were the French there?
A -- Mexico owed France money yet they suspended debt repayments to their creditors
B -- Napoleon III had aspirations and dreams of establishing a Latin empire in Mexico
C -- Mexico refused to open its trade borders to accept French imports
D -- All of the Above
E -- A & B
Answer: E Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican–American War of 1846–48 and the 1858–61 Reform War.
The Reform War was a civil war and it pitted Liberals (who believed in separation of church and state and freedom of religion) against the Conservatives (who favored a tight bond between the Roman Catholic Church and the Mexican State). These wars left the Mexican Treasury nearly bankrupt.
On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France stayed.
5) T or F: The Cinco de Mayo Battle of Puebla was a major and triumphant victory over a European power and worthy of being remembered forever.
Answer: False The Cinco de Mayo victory was Very minor, insignificant and short lived. It did not stop France from ultimately conquering Mexico and thus not something to feel Prideful over compared to other achievements in its history.
A year later in 1863 with 30,000 troops, the French were able to defeat the Mexican army, capture Mexico City, and install Emperor Maximilian I as puppet ruler of Mexico. During his 3 year reign, the Mexican debt was repaid via the taking of gold and other valuable resources back to France
In 1866, Maximillian was captured and executed, and a year later Benito Juarez entered Mexico City and established a legitimate Mexican government.
In summary, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday Solely for the Mexican people to celebrate, just like St Patrick's Day is Solely for Irish Catholics.. It is not meant for All people of all backgrounds to participate in.
Unfortunately there's no way to stop drunks from having excuses to drink and Mexican beer sees a sales spike for a day, so many will be partaking in festivities for a specific nation's holiday that 99.9 of 'Gringos' know nothing about