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Lionsgate and Pantellion films are releasing Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla, the first film to ever depict the Battle of Puebla. Directed by Rafa Lara, the film opens in Los Angeles and Orange County on Friday, May 3. We got the opportunity to speak with director Rafa Lara, Kuno Becker and Angelica Aragon on all things Cinco de Mayo. Click on the image below.
We're only a few days away from Cinco de Mayo but before you indulge in margaritas and all-you-can-eat tacos and guacamole, here are a few fun facts on what you're really celebrating on May 5.
1. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, not Mexico’s Independence Day.
You heard right. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico's Independence Day is actually on September 16.
2. Cinco de Mayo is really about celebrating underdogs.
At the time of battle, France had the most elite army. It invaded Puebla with 8,000 strong, well-disciplined and well-equipped men. Mexico had roughly 4,000 poorly equipped and trained men. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexican army resulted victorious.
3. The Battle of Puebla was a quickie.
Believe it or not the Battle of Puebla lasted only two hours but it had lasting effects. The victory helped establish national unity and patriotism in Mexico, which continued to fight France for six more years.
4. The first Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S. took place in Southern California in 1863.
A few years after the Battle of Puebla, Mexican-American communities in the U.S. began commemorating the victory. It eventually grew in popularity in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston where it evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.
5. Red, White and Green
Mexico's flag colors are displayed prominently during Cinco de Mayo. Ever wonder what they stand for? Well, green represents hope and independence, white symbolizes unity and purity and red signifies religion and the blood of the national heroes.
Margaritas didn’t come into existence until 1930, so if you ever thought margaritas were the official Cinco de Mayo drink, think again! In Mexico, the most traditional drink of choice is tequila—straight up.
Americans on average consume more than 70 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo.
8. Biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration
So who throws the biggest Cinco de Mayo party? Well, the bragging rights go to Los Angeles. Almost 600,000 people attend Fiesta Broadway, now on its 24th year.
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