Cinco de Mayo is simply named but often misunderstood. The Spanish name of the holiday translates to the Fifth of May, and it marks the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces in the state of Puebla. It does not mark Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th.
The holiday grew to be a largely American tradition, giving Mexican-American communities a day to celebrate their heritage. The holiday continues to expand across the world, in places including Jamaica, Australia and Japan.
This playlist will ensure you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo correctly. Plus, you'll learn great Mexican trivia to impress your friends over margaritas, like the difference between tequila and mezcal, and the origin of nachos.