Happy Cinco De Mayo

Last Updated May 11, 2022

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Cinco De Mayo celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Since then, Cinco De Mayo has been celebrated each May 5th.

There is a popular misconception that Cinco De Mayo is Mexican Independence Day – which it isn’t. In 1861, Benito Juarez – the elected President of Mexico – was forced to default on debt payments to European governments as Mexico faced financial strife. Although Britain and Spain were able to negotiate with Mexico, France decided to use the opportunity to carve an empire out of Mexican territory. In 1862, 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and the French finally retreated when they had lost nearly 500 soldiers.

More Information on the History of Cinco De Mayo and the Battle of Puebla

Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla, but the holiday has gained traction in the United States, where it is more popular than in Mexico itself. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican American populations like Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, San Antonio, and more. 

Popular ways to celebrate this festive holiday are by attending Cinco De Mayo celebrations that will often have live mariachi bands, Mexican folk dancing, traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano, and fun interactive activities for both adults and families. Other ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo include supporting local Mexican-owned businesses, as well as Mexican Arts and Museums like the LA Plaza de Cultura Y Artes or the Museum of Latin American Art located in Southern California.

Check out Cinco De Mayo events in Los Angeles HERE

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Wishing everyone a colorful, fun, and festive Cinco De Mayo,

June Simmons and the Executive Staff

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