Filled with colors, music, dances, and traditional dishes, Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) is an important date celebrated in Mexico, but today it is more popular in the United States. There, people gather to attend parades with colorfully dressed dancers and listen to lively Mariachis. Washington, D.C., even holds the Running of the Chihuahuas, where Chihuahua dogs race each other for fun.
But what does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?
· Mexico commemorates the victory of the Batalla de Puebla (Puebla’s Battle) held against the armed forces of Napoleon III on May the 5th, 1862 in the city of Puebla. Although the French army was superior in number, they lacked strategies that could adapt to the Mexican terrain, a fact General Ignacio Zaragoza took advantage of to beat his opponent.
· Ignacio Zaragoza was born in Presidio de la Bahía de Espíritu Santo, known today as Goliad, in the state of Texas.
· It is said that in 1867, just five years after the victory, a group of Mexicans residing in Texas began to celebrate the date with songs and poetry, thus becoming a tradition of celebration and colors across the state.
Later, this tradition would spread throughout the United States among Mexican communities.
· This date has become so relevant, that most people believe Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican Independence –which actually is on September 16th,
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And to toast for this day!
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Sing at the top of your lungs!
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May the celebrations begin!