As today is Cinco de Mayo I thought I’d take a moment to explain what Cindo de Mayo really is. First off, Cinco de May (the 5th of May) is NOT Independence Day. Nope, that’s September 16th. El Grito de la Independencia was cried out in the fall. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of a small Mexican Army over a much larger French Army.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.
Just thought I’d throw that out there.