Cinco de Mayo!

When I first moved to Mexico, way back in October 2000, one of the things that I was looking forward to most, was celebrating my first Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. I figured that if it's a big fiesta in the U.S., then it has to be HUGE in Mexico. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that there really wasn't a big celebration. Yes, it is a national holiday, but that's about it. Cinco de Mayo is only a big deal in the state of Puebla.

As a child, I was always taught that Cinco de Mayo was the Mexican equivalent of the 4th of July. I know many Americans that believe this to be true. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo, is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, in which Mexican soldiers defeated the French Army, in 1862.

But, being an American, I will always celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Happy Cinco de Mayo to all!

With Love,
Leslie Limon

2 comments

  1. Me too! I thought the same thing, It is a non-holiday here. I wanted parades,fireworks and dancing. That's okay, it isn't like Mexico needs another holiday, I take that back, there is always room for another celebration!
    Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too!
    regards,
    Theresa

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  2. I was surprised about that too. But luckily there seems to be NO shortage of reasons to celebrate in Mexico. And hey, I love a reason to have a cold margarita. :)

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