Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. In Mexico, the date is observed through ceremonies like military parades. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture and often entirely too much drinking. While it isn’t in the calendar of Thelemic feast days, remember that Liber Al vel Legis (II: 42-43) tells us:
A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture!
A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight!
With red spices like paprika and cayenne pepper, as well as firey red sauces with tomatoes and red peppers, Mexican food can be perfect to celebrate a martial Cinco de Mayo!
- Chiles Rellenos with Tomato-and-Avocado Salsa
- Chef John’s Gazpacho
- Corn Bread Casserole
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Salsa Rossa
- Chicken Tingas Tacos
- Seafood-Chorizo Tacos
- Crisp Cayenne-Spiced Crab Cakes
- Spicy Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Or, you can ignore these suggestions entirely, and read What to Really Eat on Cinco de Mayo.