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** Cinco de Mayo - the Basics **

By Christopher Minster, About.com Guide

"Cinco de Mayo - the Basics"

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-Basic Guide to Cinco de Mayo:-

Cinco de Mayo is probably the holiday most often celebrated that no one
understands. What’s it all about? How is it celebrated? What does it mean
to Mexicans? Here are the answers in a handy guide.

-What is Cinco de Mayo?:-

Literally "the Fifth of May," Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday
celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861,
France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on
some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and
equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It
rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a
valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory. It was
short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking
Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victory against overwhelming
odds is remembered every May fifth.

-Isn’t it Mexico’s Independence Day?:-

That's a common misconception. Mexico celebrates its independence on
September 16, because it was on that day in 1810 that Father Miguel Hidalgo
took to his pulpit in the village church of the town of Dolores and invited

Source: latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/thehistoryofmexico/p/10cincodemayobasics.htm

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