5 Things you never knew about Cinco de Mayo

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5.  Fly those Mexican colors! …but what are they, and what do they represent?

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If you want to show your Mexican spirit on Cinco de Mayo, it would help to be familiar with the Mexican flag. It’s comprised of red, white and green, and interestingly, the meanings of those colors have changed over time. White has been about unity and purity, red indicated either religion or the blood of national heroes, and green encompasses hope and independence. In the middle of the flag is the Mexican coat of arms, which is a golden eagle eating a snake; this is a reflection of ancient Aztec myth.

So, there you have it. You can’t say you don’t know anything about Cinco de Mayo now and in future, you’ll have a greater appreciation of what this day is all about.

Recommended reading:

More Mexican EverydayMore Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless (W.W. Norton & Co.; April 2015)

Bayless wowed America with his deep understanding of Mexican cuisine and culture in his bestselling Mexican Everyday. His new book stresses fresh seasonal ingredients and reveals the secrets to the foundations of delectable Mexican cooking, such as adobes and mojos, as well as recipes for our most beloved Mexican dishes. A great source for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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