What is cinco de mayo?
Happy Cinco de Mayo or the 5th of May in English is a day of Mexican pride and heritage every May 5th in parts of Mexico and many people in the United States take the time to celebrate with parades family gatherings parties folk dancing mariachi music Mexican inspired food and of course Cerveza and margaritas.
Cinco de mayo history
Over the years many Americans have come to assume that it honors the day of Mexico’s independence and that’s actually not true Mexican Independence Day is called Grito de Dolores or an English cry of Dolores in reference to the battle cry of the Mexican war of independence from Spain it is celebrated on September 16th when Mexico declared its independence back in 1810
So What really happened on the 5th of May and what are we truly celebrating.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates an event that happened some 50 years after Mexico declared its independence the 19th century was especially brutal for Mexico after a long and fierce battle to win its independence from Spain the young nation clashed with the United States from 1846 to 1847 war of beginning in 1857 these struggles ruined Mexico’s economy.
The country had accumulated quite a bit of war debt by 1861 Mexico had borrowed a lot of money from the United Kingdom Spain and France with no other options Mexican president Benito Juarez suspended payments on Mexican debt for two years that news wasn’t well-received by the European countries in response representatives from the Spanish British and French governments.
Napoleon iii role in Cinco de mayo
Napoleon was interested in reviving French global ambitions not that Napoleon this guy Napoleon the third Napoleon Bonaparte’s nephew and the Emperor of France Napoleon two-thirds desired to incorporate the Mediterranean States and former Spanish and Portuguese colonies in the Americas into a French-led Federation the United States Civil War gave Napoleon the third the chance to conquer Mexico without American interference in December 1861 Spanish troops landed in the port of Veracruz the French and British followed in early January the three nations occupied Veracruz.
Cinco de Mayo’s actually more widely celebrated in the United States than in Mexico in fact the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo party is held in Los Angeles California but the unlikely win for the Mexican militia on May 5th continues to be a source of great pride for the state of Puebla and many Mexican-Americans across the United States once again happy Cinco de Maya