Published: Sun, May 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

A brief history of Cinco de Mayo

A brief history of Cinco de Mayo

The victory changed the course of Mexican and world history.

Surprisingly, Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico.

While the holiday's roots are in Mexico, it's actually a minor holiday there and is celebrated much more in the U.S.

Cinco de Mayo might not actually have anything to do with the start of summer (technically that's not until the end of June), but it definitely feels like the flawless day to usher in warm, sunny weather.

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The Battle of Puebla pitted 2,000 Mexican troops against a French force of 6,000.

California Highway Patrol officers will be doing their normal patrols this weekend, as Cinco de Mayo is not covered under the CHP's maximum enforcement patrols, according to Officer Siara Lund of the CHP's media relations office.

Most people in the USA mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day and think it's reason enough to throw on a serape, don a sombrero and become the Mexican caricature best executed by insensitive frat brothers, tasteless Halloween revelers and millions of people whose "friend is Mexican, so it's cool". In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

"Unfortunately, the celebrations have become less about the appreciation of Mexican heritage, and instead has become more about drinking and partying especially by non-Mexican individuals", the message continued. The day is commemorated with celebrations of Mexican cuisine, culture and music.

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