The truth about Cinco de Mayo

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The truth about Cinco de Mayo

Viva la fiesta: Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in the United States with a lot of Mexican food and margaritas this Friday. Graphics by Ana Viveros.

Viva la fiesta: Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in the United States with a lot of Mexican food and margaritas this Friday. Graphics by Ana Viveros.

Viva la fiesta: Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in the United States with a lot of Mexican food and margaritas this Friday. Graphics by Ana Viveros.

Viva la fiesta: Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in the United States with a lot of Mexican food and margaritas this Friday. Graphics by Ana Viveros.

Ana Viveros, Staff writer

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The United States celebrates Cinco de Mayo, but many do not know exactly what is celebrated.

“Isn’t that independence day for mexico,” Freshman Jax Dillard asked.

While some do not know the origin of the holiday, there are some who do know what the day is about.

“Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the Mexican army [beating] the French army,” Sophomore David Gonzalez said.

The United States will drink their margaritas, eat Mexican food, and party the whole day since it will be on a Friday this year. Typically this day is to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Puebla. This is where Mexico fought against the French on May 5, 1862.  It was a big accomplishment for Mexico since they did not have a big army like the French.

Indeed, Mexico did win the battle, but they did not win the war.

Independence day is not Cinco de Mayo. Technically, Mexico got their independence 50  years earlier Sep. 15, 1810.

Instead of partying like the United States does, according to Headline News, Mexico will mainly do reenactments of the Battle of Puebla.

“[Cinco de Mayo is] to celebrate how the Mexican american culture fused together,”  Gonzalez said.

The Battle of Puebla was because the president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, announced that he could not pay the debts because his country was too poor. So, for the French it was their chance to attack and make Mexico their territory. Yes, Mexico won the battle,  but they did not win the war since they lost when the French took over the city of Mexico.

The reason for having Cinco de Mayo as a holiday is that when the Civil War was going on, the Union was struggling a bit. When they heard what happened in Mexico, they were inspired to get through the war.

When celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the United States, we are not celebrating the independence of Mexico,  but instead we are celebrating the inspiration the United States experienced when they heard that Mexico won a battle with a small army.

“[You] should know what [you] are celebrating. How can you celebrate something without knowing what it is,” Gonzalez asked.

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