Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that falls on May 5th (literally meaning fifth of May in Spanish). Most believe that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s Independence which actually falls on September 16th. On the contrary, it is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces May 5th, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. It gave the Mexican forces a significant morale boost against the French Army. This Holiday has become a very celebrated event in the United States, continuing to grow in popularity with the media and the restaurant industry.
American Vs. Mexican Holiday
Most Americans, when asked, do not know the significance of the day May 5th in the Mexican history. American celebrations started in the U.S. in California when the Mexican miners threw celebrations after hearing about the victory. Cinco de Mayo has become more of an American celebrated holiday than a Mexican one. According to a Fox News article, Cinco de Mayo beer sales outpace those of St. Patrick’s Day and the Super Bowl. Yet, in Mexico, it remains a minor holiday, celebrated with military parades, arts festivals and re-enactments of the battle. It is a holiday to celebrate the culture, achievements of Mexico, drink a couple of margaritas and enjoy Mexican food that has been adopted by Americans and made into a very celebrated holiday.
History of Cinco De Mayo
The Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire on Battle of Puebla was under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza at the time of the battle. The battle was very uneven and the French Army which was under the forces of Napoleon III, outnumbered the Mexican Army 2-to-1, making the victory so unlikely. History.com notes that the battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Many may not know that a year after this celebrated victory, a larger French force of 30,000 men defeated the Mexican Army at the Second Battle of Puebla and Mexico City soon fell to the invaders. Although, this did mark the end of European aggression in the Americas by military force.
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