A glimpse of history

Posted 4/23/19

Cinco De Mayo — or the fifth of May — is an annual celebration honoring the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Traditions in the state of …

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A glimpse of history

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Cinco De Mayo — or the fifth of May — is an annual celebration honoring the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Traditions in the state of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City, include military parades, recreations of the battle and other festive events. Cinco De Mayo is not a federal holiday, so for many Mexicans it’s just like any other day.

In the 1960s, Mexican-American activists — who identified with the indigenous Mexicans who defeated European invaders in the 1862 battle — raised awareness of the holiday, the History Channel reports. Today in the United States, especially in areas with large Mexican-American populations, the holiday marks a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

Source: www.history.com

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