Cinco de Mayo Facts
Cinco de Mayo is observed on May 5th in both Mexico and the United States, mostly in Pueblo. The roots of each nations' motivations for commemorating this day are different. This Mexican holiday commemorates the Battle of Pueblo, which took place in the state of Pueblo on May 5, 1862, and concluded with the Mexican army defeating the French. Cinco de Mayo originated in the United States as a commemoration of freedom and democracy, as well as Mexican ancestry and patriotism. During the American Civil War, it was started by Mexican-American communities in the American West.
Cinco de Mayo Facts to Consider:
Cinco de Mayo is known in Mexico as 'El Da de la Batalla de Puebla,' which translates as 'The Day of the Battle of Puebla.'
It was unexpected for the Mexicans to defeat the French at the Battle of Pueblo. The French, who were there to collect war debts, were expected to triumph.
Spain and England deployed troops to collect debts as well, but they withdrew after reaching a deal with Mexico.
The French army was considerably better armed, trained, and bigger. Mexico had just around 4,000 badly equipped troops, whereas France had between 6,500 and 8000 well-equipped soldiers. In 50 years, France had not been defeated.
Cinco de Mayo is often misunderstood as Mexico's Independence Day. Mexico's Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th and is the country's most significant patriotic event.
The United States Congress issued a resolution in 2005 recognizing Cinco de Mayo's "historical importance."
Los Angeles, California hosts the world's biggest Cinco de Mayo event. It started in 1990 and is known as 'Fiesta Broadway.' Around 600,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Every year in Chandler, Arizona, a parade and Chihuahua races are held, culminating in the crowning of a Chihuahua King and Queen.
Enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and guacamole are some of the dishes that are popular on May 5th. Tequila and margaritas are two of the most popular beverages.
When the Mexicans beat the French, it had repercussions in the United States. It made it difficult for Napolean III to provide the Confederate rebels with supplies.
A year after defeating the French army, Mexico returned with 30,000 troops and captured Mexico City. It barely lasted three years until Mexico reclaimed control.
No European nation has invaded the Americas since the Battle of Pueblo.
There were at least 150 official Cinco de Mayo events in the United States in 2006.
Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in Pueblo, Mexico in Mexico. In the rest of the nation, it isn't as well-known.
It is more well-known in the United States than in Mexico.
It is also commemorated in Malta, a nation located just south of Italy.
In Windsor, Ontario, Canada, there is a Cinco de Mayo Street Festival. A Cinco de Mayo sky diving event is held by a Vancouver, British Columbia sky diving club.
The Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Australia, London, Paris, and even New Zealand are all hosting festivities.
On May 5th, all public schools in Mexico will be closed.