Cinco de Mayo is Sunday.  And as you’re drinking a blended margarita or eating authentic Mexican food (not like a Crunchwrap Supreme) to celebrate it . . . it’s good to know WHY you are celebrating if this is not your culture.

About three out of four people say they’ll celebrate the holiday in one way or another . . . but only 10% of people know WHY.

A survey gave people five choices for what Cinco de Mayo is about, and the correct answer came in LAST.

39% said it’s Mexican Independence Day, but it’s not . . . that’s September 16th.  26% said it’s a general celebration of Mexican-American culture . . . 13% said it’s a day for DRINKING . . . and 13% admitted they just had no idea.

The correct answer, which got 10% of the vote, is it’s the anniversary of the Mexico army’s unlikely victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. And now you know.

59% of us plan to celebrate by eating Mexican food.  So here are five random stats about AVOCADOS and GUACAMOLE . . . 🙂 Because I love both!

1.  The week of Cinco de Mayo is actually the SECOND most popular time of the year to buy avocados, behind the week of Super Bowl Sunday.

2.  On average, Americans eat more than 7 pounds of avocados per person every year.  Just 25 years ago it was only 1 pound per person per year. I’m a fan. I eat probably half an avocado (sometimes a whole one) every day I can!

3.  Guac might help you get a date.  A survey by the dating site Zoosk found that users who just MENTION guacamole in their profile received 144% more messages than average.

4.  The heaviest avocado ever weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces, and was grown in Hilo, Hawaii last year.  And it’s pretty impressive since the average Hass avocado weighs about 6 ounces. A 5 lb avacado…you need to have people on the ready when the 15-minute window of ripeness happens! EAT IT FAST!

5.  Guacamole CHEESE now exists.  An East Coast grocery chain called the Fresh Market just created it by combining Gouda, avocado, lime juice, chili, tomato, onion, and garlic.

(National Today / AdAge / Zoosk / Guinness World Records / The Takeout)

(National Today)