Cinco De Mayo Cultural Celebrations and Festivities

 Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for "Fifth of May." It's a regional celebration in Mexico, commemorating the remarkable defeat of French forces by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla. It's probably more popularly observed in the US than in Mexico, except in the Puebla region.

Benito Juarez is popularly and mistakenly credited for the Mexican victory, but General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin deserves the credit for victory at Pueblo. The Mexican army was outnumbered two to one, by the better trained and equipped French, but managed to prevail, on May 5, 1862. The United States was embroiled in its own Civil War and the Battle of Puebla victory was overshadowed by the North American confrontation. For more on this festival, click here Cinco De Mayo Cultural Celebrations and Festivities

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