1. Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May in Spanish.
2. Primarily celebrated in Mexico (mostly the state of Puebla) and the United States.
3. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. A win is a win!
4. Although the Mexicans did not go on to win the war, this battle victory served as a great moral booster.
5. Conquistador, a song by Procol Harum reminds me of Cinco de Mayo. I provided a link to the song on Youtube. Great song. I had to look, yes Procol Harum still tours and if you are planning on being in Germany, France or Switzerland this summer lucky you, look at the link for concert location and sign up for futher dates.
6. All holidays are about food it seems and Mexican food is a favorite among many. I am attempting the quesadilla's today to mix it up a little. Tacos and chili are the standard when Mexican is on my menu.
7. Mexico is the eighth largest oil producer in the world, according to the CIA World Factbook.
8. Mexico is the location of 32 UNESCO sites and a favorite destination of the monarch butterfly.
9. Catholics of Mexico constitute in absolute terms the second largest Catholic community in the world, after Brazil.
10. Victor Espinoza a Mexican native has just won the 2015 Kentucky Derby riding atop American Pharoah. He also won the Derby in 2014 with California Chrome. He is unmarried and it has been reported that he donates 10% of his earnings to the City of Hope a cancer research hospital. Who wouldn't want to root for a guy like that? Best wishes Mr. Espinoza. Victory for Victor!
Celebration ideas: Plan a nice Mexican meal, don't forget the chocolate dessert. Do a little Mexican dancing with either the Mexican Hat Dance or "La Cucaracha". It is an interesting read where the song La Cucaracha came from. Who is the cockroach?
Some links on Cinco de Mayo from government educational sites to share with your kids and kids of all ages still seeking to learn something new.