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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Not Mexican Independence Day

Did you know that Cinco de Mayo (which is today) is not Mexican Independence Day? I always thought that it is.

According to Wikipedia:
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had known no defeat for almost 50 years. However, Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily.

While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. However, a common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, which actually is September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish), the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.
So there you have it, if you needed a small Mexican history lesson today, you can go ahead and check that off.

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Thanks for the lesson. I didn't know that. So now I don't have to feel bad about not celebrating it. :D
I don't think Mexico is flavour of the month right now around the world.
Too true, JL-P!

Renee, we're not celebrating, either. I wonder why they don't have parades downtown in September? We have a huge Hispanic population here, but it seems like they only really celebrate 5/5.
I read about this in the 5/5/09Arlo & Janis comic. We never celebrate it either.
my husband was talking about this, after the "may the fourth be with you" but i had absolutely no idea what he was even talking about. so thanks for the info!
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