18 Reasons Why Cinco De Mayo Is The BEST Holiday, #15… Need I Say More!
Millions of Americans will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo. On this day many assume they are commemorating Mexico’s Independence Day. This date, however, observes the battle between the much smaller Mexican army against the better equipped French army on May 5, 1862.
Here is a little crash course on the history of this colorful and eventful day. We have also added a couple of easy DIY to help you celebrate this holiday. We highly recommend you try every flavour from #15.
#1. Mexican president Benito Juárez halted foreign debt payments for two years after two wars left the country almost bankrupt. The French took this opportunity to invade and set up their empire in Latin America. While the 8,000 French army was making its way to Mexico city, they were stopped and defeated by the 2,000 Mexican army in the city of Puebla.
#2. Puebla is a city established in 1532. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre is also Mexico's gastronomic capital.
#3. In Mexico, Cinco De Mayo is referred to as El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (The Day of the Battle of Puebla).
#4. Every year locals dress up as French and Mexican soldiers to reenact the battle. After the win, the celebration continues with food, dancing, and music.
#5. Mexican Americans or Chicanos made Cinco de Mayo popular in the U.S. in the 1960's and 1970's.
Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)
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