Cinco de Mayo or the fifth of May
This is an extremely popular holiday in the U.S. with its roots within Mexico. The holiday is a rather minor holiday in Mexico. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, especially between Mexican-American families. This holiday dates back to the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War when the Mexican army claimed victory over France in May 5, 1862- Cinco de Mayo is also known as Battle of the Puebla Day.
What makes the celebration different in the U.S. and Mexico? Here are some example of the differ ways each country celebrate this holiday each year.
Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.
Cinco de Mayo in Mexico
A minor misconception is the Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day. Mexico’s Independence day is actually September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is celebrating and remembering the Battle of Puebla when Mexican forces confronted French forces, which were part of Napoleon III army during Franco-Mexico War. The one day battle was won by Mexico. This is not a major holiday in Mexico. The event is not even celebrated nationwide. Cinco de Mayo is often just celebrated in the state of Puebla.
Traditions in Mexico for celebrating Cinco de Mayo include military parades, recreation of the Battle of Puebla, and other festive events. The festivities are often celebrated without any alcohol. This day has less of a commercial focus as it is not a federal holiday with offices, banks, and stores remaining open.
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