Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Watson Lake Inn this year.
What exactly is Cinco de Mayo?
For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexican independence is celebrated September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.
Today, Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American holiday than a Mexican one. But most non-Mexican Americans have “no idea” about the day’s history.
How do people celebrate Cinco de Mayo?
In Mexico, most of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that take place occur in the town of Puebla (where the battle took place). There are large parades that feature people dressed up as Mexican and French soldiers. Vendors sell traditional Mexican foods as well as patriotic clothing and accessories for people to wear during the celebration. There is also sometimes a reenactment of the Mexican’s victory over the French troops that takes place in Puebla for visitors and residents to attend.
In the United States and some parts of Canada, people often host Cinco de Mayo parties with their friends and family. The colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) often appear in costumes and party decorations. People decorate for Cinco de Mayo with balloons, streamers, and flowers. Mariachi bands or other Mexican folk music is also played at these celebrations and there is often traditional Mexican dancing. Another common Cinco de Mayo tradition that takes place is a feast of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, chalupas, enchiladas, cemitas and more.
Mexican Regional Foods
There are seven regions which are Chiapas, Mexico City and Puebla, Northern Mexico, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Western Mexico and Yucatán.
Foods common to the region of Puebla include atole with chili pepper (chileatole), spicy mole Verde, barbacoa, chilate with chopped onion, cemitas, cecina, guacamole with lime, and mole de caderas or mole espinazo. However, the state is probably best known for mole poblano, chiles en nogada, chalupas and cemitas. Cemita is a brioche like roll with sesame seeds, typically filled with sliced avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, the herb pápalo and red sauce.
How we celebrate at Watson Lake Inn
Upon check in guest may find French pralines and Mexican sweets in their suites as a welcome treat. We will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a French-Mexican fused breakfast blending Pueblan and French foods like chileatole, chilaquiles poblano, beignets and more. In the afternoon our guests will be able to sample botanas like chalupas, pico de gallo and totopos.
Sunday we continue with huevos poblano – eggs scrambled with diced potatoes and our house made chorizo as well as molletes and croissants.
When visiting a destination like Prescott, Arizona we know you’ve got a lot of options for lodging; but when you stay with us at Watson Lake Inn, your lodging experience will be in a unique setting and a global voyage of culinary discovery while you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with us.
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