Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is on its way. Even though this holiday celebrates a Mexican war victory, Americans celebrate the holidayas a way to commemorate Mexican culture and heritage. Learn more about Cinco de Mayo and how you can celebrate this year at Barito Tacos & Cocktails.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory against France at the Battle of Puebla. This battle took place during the Franco-Mexican War. In 1861, Benito Juarez, a member of the indigenous Zapotec tribe and lawyer, was elected president of Mexico. During this time, Mexico was experiencing severe financial troubles and owed money to European governments. Because of this debt, France, Britain, and Spain sent naval forces to Mexico to receive their payments. At the time, Napoleon III ruled France and decided their army would create an empire in Mexican territory against Mexico’s will. This is how the Battle of Puebla began.
Even though Mexico was outnumbered, they fought the French army to keep their land. The Mexican army was led by General Ignacio Zaragoza and the battle took place from sunrise to the early evening of May 5. In the battle, 500 French soldiers died, while less than 100 Mexican soldiers were killed. After winning this battle, the Mexican government gained the confidence to create a strong resistance movement against the French, which eventually led to France withdrawing from their war with Mexico.
We now celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the fifth of May every year. In Mexico, the state of Puebla hosts a military parade, Battle of Puebla recreation, and other festive events. In America, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo by dining on Mexican food and drinks.
At Barito Tacos & Cocktails, we serve an extensive variety of delicious Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Consider ordering tacos, tostadas, tortas, burritos, pupusas, enchiladas, or quesadillas from our restaurant this Cinco de Mayo. You can also wash your food down with a tequila-based cocktail this May 5. Barito is located at 201 Main Street in Port Jefferson, and we hope to see you this Cinco de Mayo!