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Why is CINCO DE MAYO celebrated?

Benito Juarez, of humble Zapotec Indian heritage,

became the first President

of Mexico and served 5 terms.

Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza served as Benito Juarez’ Secretary of War and then led the Army of the East to fight the French invasion.

Coat of Arms of Oaxaca, the state where Benito Juarez was born and bearing his famous quote, “RESPECT FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS IS PEACE.”

Enjoy this brief, entertaining youtube video from the HISTORY channel explaining the CINCO DE MAYO Holiday.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in the United States

When you hear the words "Cinco de Mayo" what images come to your mind? Quite possibly you may picture a happy person wearing a sombrero and drinking a margarita! Here in the United States, it seems that Cinco de Mayo has lost much of its traditional significance and has unfortunately become more of a "partying" holiday much the same way as the celebration of St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a day for the wearing o' the green and the drinking of green beer!

Many persons mistakenly believe that the Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is Mexico's version of the Fourth of July, or, Mexican Independence Day. Actually, Mexico's Independence Day occurs on the 16th of September and is marked in a grand fashion in Mexico with parades, fireworks and nation-wide celebrations.

As strange as it may sound, the Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more widely in the United States (with the exception, perhaps, of Puebla) than it is in Mexico. Large Cinco de Mayo celebrations are popular in areas of the country that have sizable Mexican American communities.

Many cities have parades, dances, and colorful outdoor festivals. Bands of Mariachis fill the air with lively sounds of music. Folkloric dancers feed the eyes with the vibrant colors of their beautiful costumes twirling and swaying. And of course, you can't miss the wonderful aroma of delicious Mexican food wafting through the air!

People wear the colors of the Mexican flag (red, white and green) and adorn their cars, bikes and buildings with the Mexican flag and colorful banners. Schools present "Cinco de Mayo" programs celebrating Mexican cultural heritage and pride. Restaurants and other gathering places feature "Cinco de Mayo" specials.

Cinco de Mayo is truly a day which allows Mexican Americans an opportunity to share with pride the richness of their cultural heritage.           

                                         iViva Cinco de Mayo!  


What is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco de Mayo, or "The 5th of May," is a holiday celebrated by persons of Mexican heritage which commemorates an historical event that took place during the French invasion of Mexico (or "French Intervention" as it is sometimes referred).

Although it is a Mexican American celebration, people

of all backgrounds enjoy sharing in the festivities if

they are fortunate enough to live in a community

where Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.

For many Mexican Americans, the observance of

"Cinco de Mayo" is not just the remembrance of an historical event, it is also a strong expression of cultural pride and unity. It is a way of saying, "I love the U.S. and I love my Mexican heritage as well!"

Let's find out a little about Cinco de Mayo, why it is celebrated and how you can join in with the celebration.

Cinco de Mayo (May the Fifth) is a Mexican holiday which commemorates a victory by the Mexican resistance against the French forces of Napoleon III. It pays tribute to the bravery and perseverance of the Mexican people who despite their going up against a wealthier, more numerous and better prepared army, won a tremendous victory at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Mexico had fought for its independence from Spain in a long, hard fought campaign that lasted over a decade- from the “Grito de Dolores” on September 16, 1810 to the entrance of the Mexican Army into Mexico City in 1821.

                                  The fledgling nation was unable to pay its “debts” to

                                  the foreign nations. The first constitutionally elected

                                  President of Mexico, Benito Juarez, declared that

                                  Mexico would not pay the interest on foreign loans.

                                  In 1862, Emperor Napoleon III of France decided to

                                  invade Mexico and establish a “Second Mexican


General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin served as Secretary

of War for Benito Juarez in 1861 and resigned his post

to help defend Mexico from the invasion.

On May 5, 1862 General Zaragoza met the forces of

the French army just outside of Puebla, Mexico.

His “Army of the East” consisted mainly of poorly

equipped Zapotec Indians. In this initial battle,

the French lost 1000 men; the Mexicans lost 86.

The French army was beaten and, after assaults on Loreto and Guadalupe, was forced to retreat. Although this was not the end of the “French Intervention”, the remarkable victory at Puebla became a source of inspiration to the Mexican people who continued with the resistance until the French were finally driven out of Mexico in 1867.