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.