Posted by: ghostdawg2 | May 5, 2010

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo! by christina / Apr 29th 2010

History of Cinco de Mayo

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is not Independence Day in Mexico. Mexico officially declared its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810,

but the country was not finally free from Spanish rule until 1821 after a long and difficult fight – 11 years – to force the withdrawal of Spanish soldiers.

But there is a connection between these two holidays. Whereas Mexican Independence Day celebrates the country’s official separation from Spanish rule on September 16, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s national unity as an autonomous country when it succeeded in preventing a subsequent invasion by France. Since this event occurred at Fuerte de Loreto in Puebla, Mexico, in 1862, it is known as The Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo is not traditionally celebrated throughout Mexico. It is considered a regional holiday in Puebla and in the northern Mexican and American border states where Mexicans celebrate with great enthusiasm. Ironically, this holiday is also celebrated more widely among Latin populations in the United States than in Mexico.

In these regions, the holiday is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans – in addition to other Latin cultures in the U.S. – celebrate their cultural roots with traditional food and drinks, mariachi music and folkloric dancing, parades and fiestas.

¡Viva la Libertad!

This is how Cinco de Mayo became a Mexican holiday. It’s an occasion to celebrate Mexico’s emancipation and unity – two national qualities that both Mexico and the United States have in common – which makes it easy to see why both countries would celebrate this special day together. !Viva la libertad! (Long live freedom!)

Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, may not be as exuberant as in Puebla, but in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, celebrating any occasion is welcomed with gusto!

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