Cinco De Mayo trivia questions and answers 4/30/2003 10:51 pm What does Cinco De Mayo mean? May 5 (specifically 1862) What does Cinco De Mayo commemorate? Cinco De Mayo is one of two holidays recognizing Mexican independence. While September 16 (el Dieciseis de Septiembre) is officially Mexico’s independence day, May 5 marks the day of a piviotal battle with the French. What is the origin of the pinata? Pinatas are orginally thought to have come from Asia. Marco Polo is credited with bringing them to Italy and Spain, and the Spanish are thought to have introduced them to Mexico.