Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

By: Alena Ramos

(Staff Editor)



On May 5, many Mexican-Americans celebrate the holiday, Cinco de Mayo, which means the fifth of May in Spanish. This holiday is celebrated mostly by Mexican-American people because the holiday originated in the state of Puebla, Mexico.  It is celebrated to remember the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. What many believe is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day- the most important holiday in Mexico. Well, it’s not that holiday – that holiday is celebrated on September 16. They celebrate it because it’s the perfect time to celebrate Mexican culture and history.

In America, this holiday originated in the Mexican-American communities of the West, South-West, and North-West in the 1860s. This holiday involved a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, mostly in the areas with a lot of Mexican-American population.  The Union Army during the Civil War included Mexican-Americans, who made posters advertising that because they won in Puebla, they could also win the Civil War. After the Civil War, Cinco de Mayo spread across the United States. The most popular cities in the U.S where this holiday is celebrated  in is Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, San Antonio, Sacramento, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, and El Paso. In America, Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday so organizations, businesses and schools are kept open as usual, as well as public transit systems. In some places, mostly in the South-West, they celebrate with local parades and street events.

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