Cinco de Mayo Facts

Cinco de Mayo Facts
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th both in Mexico, mainly in Pueblo, and in the U.S. Both countries have different origins for their reasons for celebrating this day. In Mexico, this holiday celebrates the Battle of Pueblo in the state of Pueblo, which ended on May 5th, 1862 with the Mexican army defeating the French. In the U.S. Cinco de Mayo began as a celebration to commemorate freedom and democracy, Mexican heritage and pride. It began in the American West, by Mexican-American communities during the American Civil War.
Interesting Cinco de Mayo Facts:
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is called 'El Día de la Batalla de Puebla', which means The Day of the Battle of Puebla.
When the Mexican's beat the French in the Battle at Pueblo, it was unexpected. It was thought the French would win, who were there to collect on war debts.
Spain and England also sent forces to collect debts but retreated after making an agreement with Mexico.
The French army was better equipped, better trained and was much larger. Mexico only had approximately 4,000 poorly-armed soldiers and France had between 6,500 and 8000 well-equipped soldiers. France hadn't been beaten in 50 years.
Cinco de Mayo is often confused as being Mexico's Independence Day. Mexico's Independence Day is September 16th and is considered to be Mexico's most important patriotic holiday.
In 2005, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution to recognize the 'historical significance' of Cinco de Mayo.
The world's largest Cinco de Mayo celebration is held in Los Angeles, California. It's called 'Fiesta Broadway', and began in 1990. Approximately 600,000 people attend the celebration.
In Chandler Arizona they hold a parade and Chihuahua races each year and crown a King and a Queen Chihuahua.
Some of the foods that are popular on May 5th include enchiladas, tacos, burritos and guacamole. Some of the popular drinks include tequila and margaritas.
When Mexicans defeated the French, it also impacted the U.S. It made it impossible for Napolean III the ability to get supplies to the Confederate rebels.
A year after Mexico defeated the French army they came back with 30,000 soldiers and took Mexico City. It only lasted for three years, until Mexico took control once again.
Since the Battle at Pueblo, no European country has ever invaded the Americas.
In 2006, there were at least 150 official Cinco de Mayo events taking place in the U.S.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mainly in Pueblo, Mexico. It is not as popular in the rest of the country.
It is more popular in the U.S. then it is in Mexico.
It is also celebrated in Malta, a country right below Italy.
In Canada, there is a Cinco de Mayo Street Festival held in Windsor, Ontario. A Vancouver, British Columbia sky diving clubs holds a Cinco de Mayo sky diving event.
There are also celebrations in the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Australia, London, Paris and even New Zealand.
All the public schools in Mexico are closed on May 5th.

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