When you hear “Cinco de Mayo”, what comes to mind?
In celebration of this special day this year, we interviewed Javier Munoz from Montreal’s El Rey del Taco to get a better idea of what this holiday is all about.
Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory led by Genral Porfirio Diaz and Ignacio Zaragoza against Napoleon’s French intervention in 1862. After the long battle, the insurgents won, and it was this victory that inspired the Mexican National Anthem. It is a time of joy and pride for Mexicans of all backgrounds, including myself. Interestingly enough, I am actually a direct descendant of a French general that lived in Mexico. Therefore, my background is comprised of 3 nationalities, including Mexican, Canadian, and French. There are about 2.8 million Franco-Mexicans today. Stores such as Liverpool, Palacio de Hierro and the Grupo Habita were founded by Franco-Mexicans.
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How do you usually celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
It depends on the region or tradition, but overall, it is very popular to have a large gathering with family and friends to celebrate this holiday. People dress up in traditional Mexican attire, deck out their homes and streets with patriotic colours and decorations, and of course – enjoy food and mariachi music all day long.
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What are some staple foods to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo?
Many traditional Mexican dishes are enjoyed on Cinco de Mayo. They come in all different varieties – some include tamales, enchiladas, tacos, roasted corn on the cob, and so on.
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Packed with historical significance, Cinco de Mayo isn’t just a holiday about food and fun. Although, those are two very important aspects of it, and we aren’t complaining.
To enjoy some authentic Mexican dishes on Cinco de Mayo (or whenever you want), order from El Rey del Taco on foodora!