The Reason Cinco de Mayo is Celebrated


POSTED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:47pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 6:43pm

As you already know today is Cinco de Mayo, but do you actually know why it's celebrated?

If you think it's Mexico's Independence Day you're not totally wrong.

Today, in 1862 the Battle of Puebla took place.

Mexican Consul, Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, says the Mexican Army defeated the best army in the world; the French Army, reinforcing Mexico's Independence.

"People get confused that Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican Independence Day, it's not, but it might be the second independence day. The independence was from Spain but this battle represents the independence from France," Rodriguez said.

Cinco de Mayo is usually a festive holiday on both sides of the border.

But, the violence in Juarez has really hurt tourism and spending there even on a day like this.

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Ok. I give. Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated? In the US of all places? The event did nothing to promote US interests. Did not help anyone become a US citizen. The celebration has to be a recent interest cause it was never celbrated when I was growing up in Second Ward. No shortage of Mexicans there. I know cause I was one of them. So tell me. Why the big interest on this other than a reason to party? Show me the party, will be there.

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