Cinco de Mayo – literally translate as 5th of May. This is a holiday mostly celebrated in Mexico to commemorate the Mexican Army’s difficult victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
Cinco de Mayo
This battle was done under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. On this day you can find all kinds of festivities that include parades, food, music and folklore dancing. However, in the United States, this holiday is to celebrate Mexican-American culture. Some people think it is Mexico’s Independence Day, which it is not. That is celebrated September 16.
Many Mexican Restaurants offer special deals on this day too! If you have some Spanish gospel tracts, this would be a great day to hand them out! If not, just hand out what you have!
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 defeat of the French by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla. That battle occurred during the Franco-Mexican War, which was an invasion of Mexico launched by the French in 1861. The French invaded Mexico as a result of newly elected Mexican President Benito Juarez’s decision to suspend interest payments on loans the country took out from foreign countries. France was one such creditor, but the French were not the only country to send troops to Mexico in response to Juarez’s decision. Spain and Great Britain also sent troops to Veracruz, but both countries entered negotiations with Mexico and ultimately withdrew their forces.
However, France, under the leadership of Napoleon III, wanted to ensure access to Latin American markets. The French naval fleet’s arrival in Veracruz forced President Juarez and his government to retreat. Months later, Juarez’s force of 2,000 squared off against 6,000 French troops at the Battle of Puebla. Despite being heavily outnumbered, the Mexican forces claimed victory, losing fewer than 100 men while French casualties numbered nearly 500. While the victory itself did not prove a major win in the war against the French, it symbolized the strength of the Mexican people and served to strengthen the resistance movement. Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, but has grown into a popular celebration of Mexican culture in the United States.
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 defeat of the French by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla. That battle occurred during the Franco-Mexican War, which was an invasion of Mexico launched by the French in 1861.
In 2020, Cinco de Mayo also falls on Taco Tuesday!
Part of this article is from MetroCreative. TF185988 – First published May 4, 2018. Last updated or republished May 4, 2020.