Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a celebration of the winning of the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In 1862, a small army of approximately 2,000 men led by General Zaragoza overcame the French army of more than 6,000 soldiers. This battle wasn’t an end to the war, but it was an encouragement that rallied more support for the Mexican army.
The celebration of Cinco de Mayo is often confused as being Mexico’s Independence Day. The war for Mexican independence from Spain began in 1810. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 18. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with military parades and reenactments of the Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., this day has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture. The celebration includes having parades, listening to mariachi music, dancing, and eating traditional Mexican foods.
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