Cinco de Mayo
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo, May 5, is a day to celebrate Mexican culture. The holiday typically features festivals, parades, delicious food and mariachi music. Have you ever wondered how it all began? On May 5, 1862, the Battle of Puebla marked a huge and unexpected victory for the Mexican people against a much larger French army. That battle is still remembered as a tremendous victory because a small army succeeded against all odds.
You may be surprised to hear that Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mainly in Puebla, but not widely throughout Mexico. The celebration has become bigger in the U.S., where cities with large Latino populations host festivities that draw thousands of people.
Many Americans mistakenly believe that the holiday is a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day. However, that day actually occurred years earlier, on September 16, 1810, and is still celebrated in Mexico. To learn more about Cinco de Mayo, visit parents.com/fun/parties/special-occasions/fun-facts-about-cinco-de-mayo/.
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