Cinco de Mayo: Know These Things

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Cinco de Mayo: Know These Things

  1. 1. BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION: CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATES MEXICO’S INDEPENDENCE THE REAL STORY: Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. WHERE IS IT CELEBRATED? CHICANO COMMUNITIES SAN DIEGO SAN FRANCISCO SAN JOSE CINCO DE MAYO: KNOW THESE THINGS VS MEXICAN MILITIA FRENCH ARMY CATHEDRAL OF PUEBLA LOS ANGELES Cinco de Mayo is celebrated only in some regions of Mexico, primarily in Puebla, where the battle with France was won. It’s become a much more important holiday in the United States. The largest Cinco de Mayo street fair is Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles. Over 33 million people of Mexican origin resided in the United States in 2012 according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureuas Data. The largest Chicano communities are found in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Bernadino, San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area. SANTA ANA SAN BERNADINO TEQUILA FACTS There’s a popular misconception that all tequila bottles come with worms in them. In reality, this only happens with some mezcals produced around Oaxaca. The practice of putting larvae from a moth that calls the agave plant home began as a marketing scheme in the 1940s. 3 major types: 1. Blanco (white) – Unaged tequilla; good for margaritas! 2. Reposado (lit. rested) – Aged in oak barrels for no more than a year; good for sipping or mixed drinks. 3. Añejo (aged) – Aged in oak barrels for over a year; much smoother than other tequilas and good for sipping. How to drink it: with a sangrita (lit. little blood) which is the traditional accompanying drink in Mexico. Here’s a recipe: 1 2 3 1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice 3/4 to 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 oz. real pomegranate-based grenadine 1/4 tsp. ancho chile powder or 3 dashes hot sauce 1-2 slices jalapeño LIVING LANGUAGE visit www.livinglanguage.com PUEBLA

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