Happy Cinco de Mayo! Most Americans Celebrate It Without Knowing the Reason, Study Says

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If you know the reasons why Cinco de Mayo is a holiday, you can consider yourself an exception. 

On behalf of Avocados From Mexico, OnePoll conducted a study among 2,000 Americans to check what they know about the holiday. It turned out that only 22 percent of the respondents are aware of the fact that Cinco de Mayo commemorates the surprising victory of the Mexican army over the French empire at the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

Even though most of the Americans are not familiar with the exact reasons why Cinco de Mayo is a holiday, they regularly celebrate it, the study says, citing half of the respondents. One in four survey participants admitted they made plans for it this year, while one in eight would host a party.

The researchers went further to discover the biggest party faux pas, highlighting that showing up ill was the major one, valid for nearly half of the participants. As we live in the digital era, the second biggest party mistake, namely staying on the phone all night, is not surprising.

Thirty-nine percent of the respondents cited spilling food or drinks as another faux pax, while 32 percent of them mentioned bringing along an uninvited guest. Only 19 percent of the participants said that showing up early and not bringing food or drinks was a problem.

Avocados from Mexico also advised all the party goes what it means to arrive too early, too late or fashionable late for the celebrations. In their view, if you plan to be among the first guests and come early, you should show up no more than 18 minutes before the scheduled time of the event.

If you prefer to be fashionably late, you need to come 36 minutes after the start of the party. You will be too late if you show up more than 56 minutes after the official beginning of the party, the experts point out.

The perfect time is always to be on time, Avocados for America conclude.

What about the avocados? It would not be a Cinco de Mayo celebration without all the avocados, 74 percent of the survey participants state. Forty-one percent of the respondents said they would have guacamole tonight, while 12 percent would go for an avocado toast. 

As Forbes magazine pointed out, Americans consume 81 million pounds of avocados on Cinco de Mayo. Mexico would be happy to hear that as the country delivers 82 percent of the avocados in the U.S.

According to Hass Avocado, the avocado prices hit an all-time high in 2017 due to the increased demand and the reduced harvests worldwide. Furthermore, the average cost of avocado in our country had risen from $0.98 each in spring 2016 to $1.26 a year later. Last year, the average price of avocado was $1.03.

What about you? Are you celebrating tonight?