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What is Cinco de Mayo? A history behind the May 5 holiday

The day is also known as Mexico’s Independence Day, however that holiday really falls in September. So, what is Cinco de Mayo?

DENVER — Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday, and for a lot of Americans, meaning having fun with Mexican meals… and possibly a couple of margaritas.

But Cinco de Mayo, which interprets to May 5, is most likely one among the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. 

The day is also known as Mexico’s Independence Day, however that holiday really falls in September. So, what is Cinco de Mayo? Strictly talking, it is nonetheless vital to Mexico’s independence.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican military’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

Mexico had troubles paying again battle money owed to European nations, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.

Today, Cinco de Mayo has change into extra of an American holiday than a Mexican one. It’s been huge in the United States since Mexican Americans raised awareness for it in the 1960s. Now, it represents satisfaction for the tradition and heritage.

But most non-Mexican Americans have “no idea” about the day’s history, mentioned Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

“If you went to any bar tonight and said, ‘What’s this day about?’, they would be clueless, and you can’t blame the alcohol consumption either,” Tortolero instructed USA TODAY Network.

For Tortolero, Cinco de Mayo is a reminder of what number of occasions Mexico has been invaded by different nations.

“This one day, Mexico won the battle,” he mentioned.

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