Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated across the entire United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
Cinco de Mayo is very important to Mexico. It's importance is second to only Independence Day.
The victory of the Battle of Puebla was short lived. The French soon returned with 30,000 soldiers.
Mexico received economic support from several nations, France and England among them, in its infancy. This economic dependence led to the war. The Battle of Puebla followed.
The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the Battle of Puebla even though the French force was three times as large. It was far better equipped as well.
Cinco de Mayo was the beginning of the end of France's Mexican adventure and the Austrian Maximilian's dreams. The emperor's life ended as he bravely stood in front of a firing squad and shouted -- no doubt in German-accented Spanish -- "Viva Mexico! Viva la independencia!"
Cinco de Mayo has a very important role in the American Civil War. By putting up tough resistance to France and eventually winning the war, Mexico kept France from creating an alliance with the Confederacy.
The Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 was one of the few victories of the Mexican people over the occupying French Army. The French Army was led by General Charles Ferdinand Latrille de Lorencez. He believed he could control the whole country with his army.
Cinco de Mayo is an historical celebration of enormous importance for the Mexican, Mexican American and Chicano communities. This date commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla.
Many visitors wonder why the cuisine of Puebla is so continental. Well, the reason goes back to that first Cinco de Mayo in which the French waiters joined hands and menus with the Mexican waitresses.
Many Americans think that Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of Mexican Independence, perhaps due to the joy and excitement of the celebrations around the United States and Mexico. It is not Mexican Independence Day.