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Cinco de Mayo is here. The day represents Mexico’s Independence. Wait. It doesn’t? That’s right, Cinco de Mayo is often misunderstood. Here are four interesting tidbits that you’ll discover from Googling Cinco de Mayo.

1. Cinco de Mayo is not in recognition of Mexico’s independence

On May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, brave Mexican fighters defeated the French forces at the “Battle of Puebla.” This iconic battle represents the courageous spirit of Mexicans fighting for their country. The date of this battle is what led to the celebration known as “Cinco de Mayo” (fifth of May).

2. Reenactments of the Battle of Puebla

The Mexican soldiers’ victory over the French armies was considered impossible because the French army of 6000 significantly outnumbered the 4500 Mexican fighters. Can you just imagine how they did it? Go see for yourself with annual reenactments of this historical battle.

3. Mexican food everywhere

Delicious Mexican meals dominate Cinco de Mayo. Restaurants everywhere prepare various Mexican cuisines during this festival.

  • rice
  • tacos
  • corn
  • mole
  • breads
  • soups, the list goes on

4. Cinco de Mayo’s celebration expands beyond Mexico’s borders

American’s are always looking for a reason to party. Cinco de Mayo is no different. As far back as 1860, modern Americans celebrate Mexico’s resistance to France. As recent as a 2006 Journal of American Culture report, upwards of 150 US celebrations occur on behalf of recognizing Cinco de Mayo.

Canada even has its own “Cinco de Mayo Street Festival.” Even more interesting, Cayman Islands in the Caribbean holds an annual “Cinco de Mayo Air Guitar Competition.” Rock on.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! ¡Viva Méjico! Hurrah Mexico!