Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, commemorates the defeat of the French by the Mexican Army in 1862. It’s a holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico, and is celebrated by Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans in the United States.
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Great site, Larry, but just one correction. 5 de mayo is *not* a national holiday in Mexico. It’s just not a big deal anywhere outside of the state of Puebla.
It’s only really celebrated in Puebla (where I live), where schools will be closed and there’s a military parade attended by the President. Most businesses here will stay open on the 5th.
In most of the rest of the country, life carries on regardless.
Oops, thanks for the correction!