The Meaning of Cinco de Mayo

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By Iman Sadri

Cinco de Mayo has come and gone. We’re closer to approaching the 5th of September than the 5th of May. At a recent Taco Tuesdays social gathering in L.A. a discussion arose about Cinco de Mayo. The revelers were discussing the significance of the holiday. A friend began to enlighten everyone :

The 5th of May of every year is a date that is marked on the U.S. calendar, and is notably celebrated by Hispanic revelers across the country. The date, marks the unlikely victory by the Mexican Army over French troops during the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. The Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguí defeated the French, and sent a shockwave of pride across Mexico. Cinco de Mayo, is not the Independence Day of Mexico, however. That date is reserved for September 16, which is the most important national patriotic day in Mexico.

States in the West, Southwest, and heavily Hispanic populated metropolitan areas celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With Mexican food, festivities, and fun there are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. With authentically prepared Mexican dishes, such as steak fijitas, encheladas rancheros and cervezas there is much celebrating to be done. It makes you want to have a cinco de every month as a reason to celebrate.