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A row of cacti and a set of maracas. One cactus is personified with a Mexican hat and a guitar. Happy Cinco de Mayo

Got Cinco de Mayo Savvy? Find Out Here

Before you treat yourself to tacos and margaritas tonight, take this quiz to see how much you really know about Cinco de Mayo.

1. What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?

  1. Mexican Independence
  2. The first margarita
  3. Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla

2. What does Cinco de Mayo mean?

  1. Fifth of May
  2. Celebration of May
  3. Major celebration

3. How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in Mexico?

  1. It’s a huge celebration with fireworks and massive parties.
  2. Everyone takes the day off and many people take the entire week off.
  3. It’s pretty quiet. One city has a parade and a battle reenactment.

4. Where did the modern style of Mariachi music originate?

  1. Chihuahua
  2. Jalisco
  3. Sonora

5. Who often receives credit for inventing the margarita?

  1. Carlos “Danny” Herrera
  2. Ignacio Anaya
  3. Marjorie King

Check your answers below, and don’t despair if you didn’t get them all right. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert on Mexican history to enjoy a great margarita! Here’s wishing you a super fun Cinco de Mayo holiday from all of us at Western Asset Protection!


1: C  –  Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, which happened during the Franco-Mexican War. (

2: A – Cinco is Spanish for five, and Mayo is Spanish for May, so Cinco de Mayo means the Fifth of May, much like the name of the American holiday the Fourth of July—though unlike the Fourth of July, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of national independence.

3: C – Schools and some offices close for Cinco de Mayo. The biggest celebrations are in Puebla, the site of the battle being commemorated. (About Travel)

4: B Mariachi music as we know it today originated in Jalisco in the nineteenth century.  (History of the Mariachi)

5: A – Carlos “Danny” Herrera supposedly created the drink for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to hard alcohol other than tequila, in 1938 at his restaurant near Tijuana, although other people have claimed credit. (The History of the Margarita) Ignacio Anaya gets credit for inventing nachos for American women in Mexico. (Ignacio Anaya: The Real Inventor of Nachos)