A spring celebration at Nevados with a tequila cask and Mexican street food on special.
Literally meaning "The Fifth of May," Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. It was one of the few Mexican victories during France's attempt to colonize Mexico.
The French army was much larger and better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand. Despite the challenges, the Mexicans ended up winning a huge victory, but it was shortlived. The French army regrouped and continued on, eventually taking Mexico City.
In 1864, the French brought in Maximilain of Austria, who would become Emperor of Mexico despite barely speaking any Spanish. In 1867, he was overthrown and executed by forces loyal to President Benito Juarez. Despite this turn of events, the euphoria of the unlikely victory at the Battle of Puebla against overwhelming odds is remembered every May 5th.
In Mexico, Independence Day on September 16th is a much bigger celebration, but Western countries have taken May 5th to heart and continue to celebrate the annual event - in Fernie, that means a trip to Nevados for delicious food and drinks!