Cinco de Mayo, the 5th of May, commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over French army at the Battle of Puebla. While a minor holiday in Mexico,  Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the US, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. It has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is to the south. Revelers celebrate with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods of Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo is often confused for Mexico’s Independence Day. That day is actually September 16th.


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