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The History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on May 5th each year, commemorates the Battle of Puebla fought in 1862. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico's Independence Day but rather a pivotal moment in its history.

The battle occurred during the French intervention in Mexico when a relatively small, ill-equipped Mexican army triumphed over the formidable French forces. Led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican troops achieved a decisive victory, boosting morale and national pride.

While the victory at Puebla didn't end foreign intervention in Mexico, it served as a symbol of Mexican resistance against colonial powers and inspired unity among its people.

Over time, Cinco de Mayo evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, embraced not only in Mexico but also by Mexican communities around the world, particularly in the United States.

Today, Cinco de Mayo stands as a reminder of Mexico's resilience and determination, celebrated with parades, festivals, and cultural events that honor its rich history and traditions.


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