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The Story Behind Cinco de Mayo

by Ana

Every year that Cinco de Mayo goes by I am more intrigued to find out what it is all about, what it came from and the story of it all. I looked around the internet and came across articles on the meaning of Cinco de Mayo and why we celebrate the holiday.

The first website that I went on to learn more about this holiday is from Mexonline – (http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm) it is a guide to Mexico. What I found on this website was that,

“The holiday of Cinco de Mayo, The 5th of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population.”

Also that,

“Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.”


The second website that I went on to learn more about Cinco de Mayo is from Wikipedia – (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo) is a free encyclopedia. What I found on this article was that,

“It is celebrated in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla)…It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War…In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is generally mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day-the most important national holiday in Mexico, celebrated on September 16-but it is not.”


Not many people know the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo but as a day to drink all night and not have to worry about looking like an alcoholic. I do not know about everyone but I feel like I need to know what I am celebrating and why. I am not a big drinker so I do not like Cinco de Mayo for that reason but as recognition of the Mexican-Americans that are apart of the United States of America and their heritage that they are proud of.

Please learn more about Cinco de Mayo for yourself, with all of the technology that we have today and the libraries that we have, there is no excuse not to learn more. Feel free to like this post, share this post or even comment, do not forget to follow for more posts. Thanks for reading.