Why Is Cinco De Mayo Important

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On the fifth of May every year many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans gather together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (fifth of may in Spanish). Many Americans mistakenly believe this day to be Mexico’s Independence Day (actually celebrated on September 16). In reality, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. The French went on take the capital, Mexico City, and impose a monarchy until 1867, but the battle still symbolized a significant Mexican military feat.

Today Cinco de Mayo isn’t a particularly important holiday in Mexico (except in the city of Puebla). It isn’t a national holiday, but schools are closed throughout the country and it is a holiday for residents of Puebla and the neighboring

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