Start the fiesta off right with free printable Cinco de Mayo invitations. 3 different designs. Just print, fill in your details, and send!
While Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Mexico are usually limited to the state of Puebla, it’s widely celebrated in the United States. It’s an occasion to celebrate Mexican heritage (especially food and drink!).
If you’re planning on having a party, you should start out right with Cinco de Mayo invitations. There are three designs below.
• Print options: regular paper works, but I suggest card stock or glossy photo paper. You’re going to write the details of the party on the invitation, so card stock might work better.
• All of the files are in pdf below. Just hit the “download” button.
• The default size of these is 2 per page. However, if you want smaller, simply reduce the print size!
If you like this, you should check out the “Cinco de Mayo & Mexican” page! It’s full of delicious Mexican-inspired recipes and more free Cinco de Mayo printables.
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History of Cinco de Mayo
Despite common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is NOT a celebration of Mexican Independence Day (which is September 16th). Instead, it’s a celebration of the Battle of Puebla, a Mexican victory in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). By 1862, English and Spanish troops had withdrawn. But the French persisted.
In May 1862, 6,000 French troops- the forces of Napoleon III- set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles. The president of Mexico, Benito Juárez, managed to round-up a “ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men“.
The battle lasted all day long. The French retreated having lost almost 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans were killed in the battle. It wasn’t a strategic victory, per se, but it gave new heart to the resistance movement. It’s basically their version of the Alamo. Except they won.
In Mexico, it’s primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, though other parts sometimes also celebrate it. People of Mexican descent started raising awareness of the holiday in the U.S. in the 1960s. Since then, it’s taken off. Critics of the celebration point out that some celebrations involve excess amounts of alcohol and negative stereotypes of Mexicans.
Since the holiday was originally shared in order to raise awareness in the United States, I vote for continuing to celebrate the holiday. And understanding the history behind it.
Cinco de Mayo Invitations
Which is your favorite?
I love the first one (the one that says “We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo”)! Which free printable Cinco de Mayo invitation do you like best? Feel free to comment below.
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