No, this isnít going to be one of those posts telling you that Cinco de Mayo isnít Mexican independence day, and that itís really a celebration of the Mexican armyís victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. If you read this blog, you most likely know that.
Itís also not going to be a rant against the rampant commerce related to the holiday as a drinking-fest in the United States, because you already know about that, too. But there are other curious facets to how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated and used, for commercial and other purposes, in the U.S. And chances are you havenít seen these compiled on one list. So letís start.
1) There is epic avocado consumption
Superbowl Sunday has long been held as the day of days for guacamole-snarfing revelry each year, but Cinco de Mayo rivals it. One estimate this year cited 81 million pounds of avocados destined for the big 5/5 mashup, to be consumed on chips and taquitos by margarita-drinking party people. (And this is no news flash, but beer, tequila and chips sales get a nice boost, too.)
2) Not everyone knows the date that Cinco de Mayo falls on
I didnít believe a colleague at first when he told me that he recently overheard someone at a gathering asking ďWhen is Cinco de Mayo?Ē But indeed, such questions are asked. The name of the holiday is as calendar-explicit as, say, the Fourth of July, but perhaps itís understandable to a degree. Itís in Spanish, after all, which for some remains a foreign language.