Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (or May 5 in Spanish). For some people in the US, this day is a celebration of Mexican heritage. For many others, this day has become an excuse to drink margaritas and possibly wear a sombrero. I've already seen various Facebook statuses and events posted (yes, my personal "cultural radar") and know that many people will be going out for the "drinking holiday."

But do you know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates? Or that there is much less celebration in Mexico than in the US?

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, but rather the remembrance of an unlikely (and short-lived) victory against the French in a battle in Puebla, Mexico in 1862, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. Click here to read what All About Puebla has to say in "Why Cinco de Mayo Matters in Mexico, U.S."

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