May 5th Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla in 1862 saw the Mexicans beat a highly trained French army in their long struggle for freedom. It did not bring about Independence but it was a celebrated victory that went a long way in winning freedom and gave the Mexicans a victory to celebrate raising morale and helping them keep the faith. Though Puebla was technically in the United States, California still held a large population of Mexicans, and of course, the Americans were in a Civil War of their own. Even so, it was a great victory bringing about a national reason for joy and hope.

How to celebrate – Read about the battle of Puebla. Learn more about Mexico. Throw a Cinco de Mayo party.

May 5th Cinco de Mayo Day

Today is a day of celebration in Mexican pride and culture. In fact, it is a celebration for most Hispanic people, celebrating along with Mexico, the rich and colorful songs, dancing, and parties associated with a mixed and exciting heritage.

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For most of Mexico history they have been under the thumb of European countries. Spain obviously ruled Mexico having defeated the Aztec Empire, but it was France that drove the Mexican population to revolt against them, culminating with the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. Independence did not come until September 16th from France but the battle was the beginning of the end.

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Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of that great victory and Mexico’s recognition of being a sovereign state after so many years of repression. Perhaps the strangest part of Cinco de Mayo is that it did not actually start in Mexico! It began in California, then an American territory, when the Mexicans living there heard of the victory over the French. They fired off rifles and fireworks to celebrate, and it quickly spread south to their native land.

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Mexico has a rich and diverse background having been influenced by so many other nationalities. They have always been a colorful people who love dance, song and parties to express how they feel. And they always invite everyone else to share in their good fortune.

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How to celebrate – Throw a party for your Hispanic friends celebrating their place in the world. Visit Mexico and take part in the culture. Dress the part today showing you support Cinco de Mayo.