Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France on May 5, 1852.

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Bianca Montano, Contributor

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France on May 5, 1852. Even though it isn’t celebrated that much in Mexico, the United States celebrates this day to commemorate Mexican history.

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Close-Up Photo of Rice and Tacos

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. In other words, Cinco de Mayo is celebrates the victory of a battle. In 1862, 6,000 French soldiers that were under the commands of General Charles Latrille de Lorence, planned to attack Puebla de Los Angeles in hopes of getting the territory. In return, President Juárez sent out 2,000 men down to the small town. At the time, theMexican army was not equipped with the right materials, but still won in the end.

Why does the US celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

In the 1960’s, activists raised awareness of the battle and talked about the importance with others. Now, you can parties, marachi music, and floats in parades around town! There is also traditional dacning, cultural foods, such as tacos and burritos being eaten throughout the day.

Cinco de Mayo is important to Mexican history, making the day internationally commemorated.

Photo Credits: Tom Mossholder