Today we commemorate the history, culture, and ancestry of Mexico. CINCO DE MAYO has been a celebrated holiday since May 5, 1862, when the Mexican militia won the Battle of Puebla against the French army.
Celebrating CINCO DE MAYO is heavily celebrated in Puebla, but has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico.
Commercial interests in the U.S. and Mexico have also had a hand in promoting the holiday, with products and services focused on Mexican food, beverages, and festivities, with music playing a more visible role as well. Several cities throughout the U.S. hold parades and concerts during the week following up to May 5th, so that CINCO DE MAYO has become a bigger holiday north of the border than it is in the south, and being adopted into the holiday calendar of more and more people every year.
HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!