Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. ¿Cómo estás celebrando el 5 de mayo?
In the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans defeated the French despite being greatly outnumbered. It is the celebration of overcoming a great obstacle. While Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor celebration in Mexico (Independence Day is September 16), in the U.S., this day is a celebration that highlights Mexican-American culture. This festive occasion is marked with parades, parties, mariachi music, folk dancing, and traditional foods and drinks. People decorate with papel picado, pinatas, and paper flowers.
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