Historically, Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “May 5”) is better celebrated as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (“The Day of the Battle of Puebla”). On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army under General Seguin shocked the world by defeating the French, a much larger army commanded by General Lorencez.
Today, in much of the world and the U.S. in particular, Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of everything Mexican (or everything that’s perceived to be Mexican, even if it’s not remotely Mexican at all). So, break out your sombrero, attend a Cinco de Mayo festival, play mariachi music, or at least eat a taco!
“Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.”