The Real Story of Cinco De Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a small celebration in Mexico that has become a huge American tradition. But why are we celebrating Mexican culture on May 5? No, this is definitely not Mexico’s Independence Day.

It actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which the Mexican army successfully defended itself against the French. But activists in the 1950s promoted the day to educate Mexican Americans about their cultural heritage, and ultimately it became an excuse to indulge in abundant Mexican food and drink. For this, perhaps, we can thank the beer corporations.


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