Cinco de Mayo: Did you know?

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ever wondered what Cinco de Mayo is all about?

To start, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day!

The holiday, celebrated every May 5, commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French during the 1862 Battle of Puebla.

At the beginning of 1862, French, Spanish and English troops arrived in Mexico after Mexican President Benito Juarez  announced that debts repayments would be suspended for two years. While British and Spanish settled and left, the French, eager to expand their empire decided to stay.

While Napoleon’s French Army had not been defeated in 50 years, it was crushed by 4,000 mexican soldiers, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza. However, the Mexican victory was short-lived. The French overpowered them and France managed to occupy Mexico until 1867.

The holiday is not a Federal holiday in Mexico, and is in fact not celebrated as much as it is here in the U.S., notably in California and Texas. Many celebrate this day with parades, mariachi music, dancing, while enjoying mexican food and drinks. Ariba-riba-riba!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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