Cinco de Mayo is a little like St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday celebrated more feverishly in the USA than it is in its home country. May 5 is the day that turns us Mexican, just as March 17 turns us Irish.
While in Mexico the commemoration of the Mexican militia’s victory over France at the 1862 Battle of Puebla is a rather small holiday, in American bars and cantinas it is the year’s best reason to break out the tequila, lime and salt, and dig into something charred, spicy and wrapped in a tortilla.
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