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Best Foods and Wines to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

glasses of wine with platter of chips, salsa, and guacamole

The Fifth of May—Cinco de Mayo—offers more than just an opportunity to make and eat your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes. It's an interesting cultural celebration that marks a milestone in Mexico's development as a country.

The day marks a historic victory by the Mexican Army in 1862. Though outmatched in numbers and experience, the Mexican Army managed to rout the French Army outside of Mexico City in a historic fight that's become known as the Battle of Puebla. Four months after the victory, the Mexican president declared May 5 a national holiday.

Since then, Cinco de Mayo has been a celebration of Mexican culture by Mexican and non-Mexican populations alike, with lots of great food and drinks. The gatherings can be formal and big or casual and small. Some cities celebrate with Mexican folk dancing and mariachi music.

Want to mark Cinco de Mayo in your own way? Try:

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