The holiday of Cinco de Mayo (5 May) commemorates the Battle of Puebla, fought on May 5, 1862. The battle (against the French) marks Mexico’s only major military success since its independence from Spain in 1821. Today, in a curious example of cultural adaptation, the resulting holiday is actually celebrated more widely in the USA than in Mexico!
For an account of the history behind the Cinco de Mayo, and for an explanation of why the holiday is now celebrated more in the USA than in Mexico:
- Cultural adaptation: the Cinco de Mayo holiday is far more widely celebrated in the USA than in Mexico
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with a parade in the City of Puebla each year, but, in another strange twist of geography, the longest-running annual re-enactment takes place in Mexico City:
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MexConnect has several informative articles relating to Cinco de Mayo, including: