The Real Cinco de Mayo

It’s gotten to the embarrassing point now. My friends, family and coworkers all repeated the same answer to the question, “What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?”

Mexico’s Independence Day’ being the answer. No.

In fact, most of Mexico does not celebrate this day – if they do it is only an excuse to drink (from what I have been told that is). Sounds similar to the custom in the States for this day though. Here is one brief side to the history:

On May 5, 1862 the Mexican army beat the invading French troops in a surprise victory at Puebla, Mexico. Mexico did not gain independence until 11 years later, but what this Puebla victory did was push back the French advance that was going to support the Confederate army in the US Civil War. More people (in the States especially) should know this.

dd150Dominic is an incurable world roamer. He has travelled and at times lived in various parts of Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America after graduating university. He is a published writer and photographer looking to explore more of the world — whether in his own backyard or outside of the US border. More of his writing can be found at http://movingmontevideo.blogspot.com

Author: Dominic DeGrazier

Dominic is an incurable world roamer. He has travelled and at times lived in various parts of Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America after graduating university. He is a published writer and photographer looking to explore more of the world -- whether in his own backyard or outside of the US border. More of his writing can be found at http://movingmontevideo.blogspot.com

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  1. Thanks for this, Dominic. It’s pretty astonishing how for this misconception has spread. Any idea how it started?

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  2. Hey Hal,

    I honestly do not know. Perhaps due to all of the alcohol consumed on this day?

    It was an important battle for the Mexican army in defeating their enemy and starting to win the war. But clearly it has been confused.

    Dominic

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  3. Domz, you forgot the part about the cakes.

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