Did you know Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s highly unlikely victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War? This day is actually a minor holiday in Mexico. In the U.S. it has evolved as a greater celebration.
In Mexico, May 5th is a day like any other. It is not a federal holiday, so offices and stores remain open. However, traditions include military parades and other festive events.
Many confuse the day with a celebration of Mexican independence. Mexico declared their independence more than 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s Independence Day is commemorated on September 16.
In the United States, we commemorate Cinco de Mayo by celebrating the Mexican culture! Large festivities are held in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.
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