Category Archives: Cinco de Mayo



Cinco de Mayo is a celebration which acknowledges the victory of the Mexican Army against the French during the Franco-Mexican war.  Back in 1861, Mexico’s leader was forced to admit that the country was too poor to pay their debts to Europe, resulting in the French deciding to occupy and make it French territory.  However, the people of Pueblo had other ideas and despite being outnumbered 2-1, on 5th My 1862, they gave the French a thrashing, sending them packing and General Zaragoza retook power.

Today, Mexicans celebrate their heritage with food, mariachi bands, parades, parties, dancing and of course Tequila, Mezcal and Margarita.  They even have a special dish which is considered one of the staples Mole Poblano which is a very sophisticated sauce with more than 35 ingredients giving it a complexity of flavours that few other foods can even come close to.

Cinco de Mayo Firework Celebration

There are also lots of fireworks to be seen around about to be seen and thoroughly enjoyed.

This will also be a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK and of course, we will all be outside, cleaning and firing up the old BBQ and having a few with friends and family.  If you are celebrating something special, why not include fireworks.

If you are not sure, why not check out some of our new compound cakes.  These are fantastic as they are like a little show in a box and provided you can achieve the 25m safety distance, will be ideal.  This is my absolute favorite; a full 2-minute display cake called Global Thunder:

If you are having a celebration for any reason, getting married, engaged, special birthday or anniversary, and you do wish to include fireworks, why not either call us or pop into see us in Tankersley and we will help you make it that much more special.


Cinco de Mayo 2015

WHAT: Cinco de Mayo 2015
WHY: To celebrate Mexico’s heritage
WHERE: Worldwide
WHEN: Saturday 2nd May to Tuesday 5th May 2015

The 31st Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, which is Spanish for the fifth of May, is celebrated around the world by many countries as part of recognition of Mexico’s national heritage, although strangely not in Mexico except in Puebla.

Puebla was founded in 1531 and known at the time as Cuetlaxcoapan which when translated into English becomes “where the serpents change their skin”. The area is world-famous for its national dish named “Mole Pobano”. I now know “Mole” simple means sauce which would have been useful when I was once presented in Spain with “Chicken with Mole” and thought it was a local delicacy which used real moles (which was politely declined).

The story goes that on the 5th May 1862, 8000 French troops arrived in heavily armed ships to storm Veracruz forcing President Juarez to flee for his life. The French army, widely renowned as one of the world’s best armies at the time, outnumbered the poorly equipped Mexicans almost 2-1, the battle was already won in the eyes of the French commanders.

As the French advanced into the Puebla valley, around 4500 Mexicans occupying the Loreto and Guadalupe forts fought so bravely that they won the battle beating the seemingly invincible French forces, this was the first time in 50 years the invading army had been beaten and the 1st time any European force had been defeated by an army from the Americas, boosting national pride and giving new hope to Mexican independence.

For some time Spain, Britain, America and France all saw Mexico as a new territory to be conquered due to its location it would have helped the confederacy to establish a foothold, having serious ramifications for President Lincoln as he did not want America to get into a situation where they would be fighting on two fronts at the same time, he time took a neutral stance over the situation not wanting to antagonise Napoleon III.

While many believe that the 5th of May is Mexico’s Independence Day, National sovereignty didn’t happen until 28th September 1821 almost 300 years after the first celebration of the event.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Puebla on this day will have heard guns shots and fireworks as a sign of hope and across the world many countries recognise the day with all things Mexican from foods to drinks and music.