Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexico’s Independence (which is actually September 16th), but rather a celebration of Mexico’s victory in the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. It was an unlikely win for the Mexican militia who were heavily outnumbered by the French. The victory became a source of pride for the country and is the reason we continue to celebrate today.
According to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume up to 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo, and a staggering total of 1.9 billion pounds of the fruit every year. That's a lot of guac!