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May 5th is not Mexican Independence Day, which is September 16, and it is not a national holiday. Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.   On that date, 4,000 severely outnumbered Mexican troops defeated the French assault on Puebla, a pyrrhic victory that enraged Napoleon III. 


The following year, he sent 29,000 more men to Mexico.  They successfully invaded Mexico City, and installed Maximilian of Hapsburg as the Emperor of Mexico.  The French finally withdrew in 1867 after losing a series of battles to Mexican forces.  Maximilian was court-martialed and later executed.


The first Cinco de Mayo celebration was held in the late 1960s by a group of California college students who wanted to honor their Mexican heritage.  Forty years later, it is a bigger deal in the U.S. than it is in Mexico.  Much like St. Patrick's Day, celebrations are held nation-wide to celebrate Mexican culture and honor people of Mexican ancestry.  And, much like March 17th, Americans drink lots of beer.


Do your plans today include a cold, frosty cerveza?




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