Cinco de Mayo Is Not A ‘Thing’ In Mexico

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(WREG-TV) You’ll likely hear a lot about Cinco de Mayo today.

Some people think it’s Mexico’s independence day, but that’s not true, in-fact the day really isn’t even recognized in Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May and commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 according to UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista.

He said Cinco de Mayo was created by Latinos in California during the Civil War.

The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped.

Mexico’s independence day is celebrated on September 16.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the day became identified with the Chicano rights movement in the United States, especially in the state of California.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is observed with political speeches and battle reenactments.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the day became identified with the Chicano rights movement in the United States, especially in the state of California.

The day became one to celebrate Hispanic heritage.

In many cities in the United States, there are parades and festivities featuring mariachi music, dancing, and Mexican food.

Cinco de Mayo has been criticized for becoming too commercialized in recent years, mainly by alcohol and liqueur companies.



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