Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican Holiday, Contrary to popular belief ( at least in the United States),

It isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day either ( that falls on September 16).

The First Cinco de Mayo celebration was held on May 5,1862, when the Mexican American community in California celebrated Mexico’s victory over the invading French in the Battle of Puebla.

 Celebrants in Los Angeles viewed this unlikely win as a Symbol of Hope for forces of democracy during the U.S. Civil War ( France threatened to ally with the Confederacy ; Mexican Americans were over whelmingly Union sympathizers)

This Year Marks the 150th Anniversary of that original battle.