Why Do Americans Celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Is It The Mexican Independence Day? Explore The History Here

Saihaj Kaur Madan

The Battle That Shaped A Holiday

Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's victory in the 1862 Battle of Puebla against French forces.

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Cinco De Mayo Is NOT The Mexican Independence Day

It's often confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on Sept. 16.

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The History Of Cinco De Mayo

Benito Juárez, Mexico's president, faced financial turmoil, leading to conflict with France.

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France's Imperial Ambitions

Napoleon III aimed to establish a French empire in Mexican territory.

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Defying the Odds: Mexico's Victory

Despite being outnumbered, Mexican forces achieved an unexpected victory on May 5, 1862.

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Symbolism in an Unlikely Triumph

While not a major strategic win, the Battle of Puebla became symbolic for Mexico.

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Local Celebrations in Puebla

Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in Puebla, with military reenactments.

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Cinco de Mayo: A Normal Day in Most of Mexico

In most of Mexico, it's not a national holiday; businesses remain open.

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American Promotion of Mexican Heritage

Americans began promoting the holiday in the 1960s to celebrate Mexican culture.

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Honoring Culture Across the Border

Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. often involves parades, parties, and honoring Mexican heritage.

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