(5th of May)
Cinco de Mayo symbolises the “Mexican resistance to the foreign domination of Emperor Maximilian” (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2014). In 1862 on the 5th of May, the Mexicans gained victory over the French military who served Napoleon III. This great battle took place at Puebla, located southeast of Mexico City. On this day approximately 1,000 French soldiers were killed by General, Ignacio Zaragoza’s small army.
The city was later renamed as “Puebla de Zaragoza” and a museum was dedicated to this historic battle. In honour of General Ignacio Zaragoza a statue was built and now stands near the famous battle site which was later restored into a commemorative park.
The 5th of May was then turned into is a significant national holiday in Mexico to remember the great battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo today, is a festive holiday celebrated in Mexico and large Mexican American populations. It is a day to celebrate and remember those who were led by the victorious Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza but also celebrating “the Mexican way of life”. Some communities celebrate Cinco de Mayo over an entire week with parades and festivals.
At these spectacular events delicious authentic Mexican food is served or sold, music is played and people dance. People also enjoy Mariachi bands, drinks such as Dos Equis and Corona Beer.
At Fiesta we will be celebrating with our signature Citrus Mojito, House Infused Tequila, Tecate and Corona!
Open from 5:00 PM until late!
175 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Las armas nacionales se han cubierto de gloria, “The national arms have been covered with glory” (General Ignacio Zaragoza 1892 – 1962)
How to get here?
South Yarra Train Station
Tram 8 (Moreland to Toorak)
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