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The History Of Cinco De Mayo

posted in Entertainment > Nightlife
05/05/2015
  • WHAT IS CINCO DE MAYO?
    ❂ Contrary to popular belief, is not Mexican Independence Day. That was declared more than 50 years before Cinco de Mayo on September 16.
    ❂ May 5, 1862 is the date of Mexican military victory over France (not Spain) when several hundred Mexican soldiers defeated a much larger contingent of the French army in the Battle of Puebla.
    ❂ Benito Juárez (1806-1872) president of Mexico, which was in financial ruin because of many wars and battles.
    ❂ Mexico was in debt to Spain, England, and France. France used Mexico's debt as an attempt to add Mexico to it's empire.

  • ❂ Under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892), 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla.
    ❂ General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), who was born in Texas, led 2,000 Mexicans into the battle.
    ❂ The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening.
    ❂ The French lost nearly 500 soldiers while the Mexicans lost fewer than 100 soldiers.

  • HOW IT IS CELEBRATED IN MEXICO
    ❂ Military parades
    ❂ Recreations of the Battle of Puebla
    ❂ Other festive events
    ❂ Though the date is a holiday in Mexico, it's mostly celebrated in Puebla.
    ❂ Since it is not a federal holiday, offices, banks, and stores remain open.

  • HOW AMERICANS CELEBRATE IT
    ❂ Parades
    ❂ Parties
    ❂ Mariachi music
    ❂ Mexican folk dancing
    ❂ Traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano
    ❂ You can never go wrong, though, by showing a bit of cultural sensitivity. How would we feel if we saw another country celebrating the Battle of Gettysburg with binge drinking and Uncle Sam hats?

  • Sources:
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/05/opinions/reyes-cinco-de-mayo/
    http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo
    http://www.mexonline.com/cinco-de-mayo.htm

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