May 5th is Cinco de Mayo

Vamos a celebrar! Today we commemorate the history, culture, and ancestry of Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in Mexico, but celebrations also take place in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands.

Cinco de Mayo has been a celebrated holiday since May 5, 1862 after the unexpected victory over the French Army. The Mexicans were considerably outnumbered during this battle and the French were significantly better equipped. Secondly, this was the first battle since the Battle of Puebla that a country in the Americas was invaded by an army from another continent.

Join Mexico in celebrating its unity and patriotism by attending a parade, listening to mariachi music, and practicing folk dancing! You could even host a Cinco de Mayo fiesta complete with colorful decorations, Mexican cuisine, and of course, margaritas!

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