Cinco de Mayo – what’s it all about?

CincoDeMayoYou’ve probably heard of Cinco de Mayo. And I’m sure you know that it means “fifth of May” in Spanish. But if you’re like me, you might not have known why the day is celebrated.

Well, I’ve found out so you don’t have to. Read on…

Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in both the USA and Mexico, though the focus of the celebration differs slightly in each.

The festival started life among the Mexican-American communities in the American ‘Wild West’, and was a commemoration of the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.

Today, Cinco De Mayo is observed in The States as a general celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. But in Mexico – in particular, in the state of Puebla – the date is feted as a commemoration of a particular event.

May 5th every year is set aside to remember the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862, led by Mexican hero General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin.

Many people wrongly assume that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important holiday in the country, but this actually falls on September 16th.

So now you know what Cinco De Mayo is all about, why not celebrate as the Mexicans do with a Cinco De Mayo fiesta full of delicious Mexican food!

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