What is Cinco de Mayo?

Dated: May 5 2023

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Cinco de Mayo, which means "fifth of May" in Spanish, is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle, which took place during the Franco-Mexican War, is considered a significant moment in Mexican history and has come to symbolize Mexican resistance to foreign domination.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16. Rather, it is a regional holiday primarily observed in the state of Puebla, where the battle took place. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday, and celebrations are generally more subdued than they are in the United States.

In the United States, however, Cinco de Mayo has become a widely celebrated cultural holiday, particularly in areas with significant Mexican-American populations. Festivities often include parades, music, traditional Mexican cuisine, and, of course, plenty of margaritas.

While some have criticized the commercialization of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, many view it as an opportunity to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. As the holiday continues to grow in popularity, it is important to remember its historical significance and honor the brave soldiers who fought for their country's independence.

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Cyndi McFarran

Originally from Montvale/Allandale (Bergen County) New Jersey. I moved to Florida in 1986 and have lived and sold Real Estate in Central Florida since moving here. I have been married since 1976 & hav....

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