Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to drink too many tequila shots and fill your belly with guacamole, but no one seems to know what the day actually stands for. Some think that it’s Mexico’s independence day, but nope. Learn yourself below!

Here are some fun facts about Cinco de Mayo:

1. Cinco de Mayo (or May 5th) marks the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French army in “The Battle of Puebla” in 1862

2. Historians believe that had Mexico NOT defeated France in 1862, the French would have gone to the aid of the Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War and the United States’ destiny would have been vastly different

3. As crazy as it sounds, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with more zeal in the USA than in Mexico

4. 80 million avocados will be consumed today according to the California Avocado Commusssion

5. According to LiveScience candy-filled pinatas that are commonly associated with Spanish and Mexican traditions actually originated in China

BONUS: The world’s largest Cinco de Mayo party takes place in Los Angeles, CA where the Festival de Fiesta Broadway draws over 300,000 people


How will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? If you’re in the mood for some Mexican food, check out our two fav spots: La Taqueria and Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill