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This mini collection contains selected materials arranged for study and discussion about the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo

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May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, the yearly anniversary of Mexico’s defeat of the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. While in Mexico, this day is only really recognized in Puebla, in the USA, it has morphed into a big, commercial celebration.

Why is it such a big celebration in the USA?

It began back in the 60s, when Mexican-American activists started to raise awareness of this historic event to honor their heritage, and bridge the gap between the two cultures. Cities with large Mexican-American communities subsequently started to commemorate the date with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and traditional foods such as tacos and mole poblano.

According to The New York Times, since 1989, the date has become more commercial as a result of US importers of Mexican beer brands pouring resources into its promotion. However, over time there has been some confusion around the significance of these celebrations, with people mistakenly believing May 5th to be the anniversary of Mexico gaining independence from Spain, which is actually on September 16th.--DOMESTIKA.

Video - Cinco de Mayo and the Rise of Modern Mexico | Throughline/NPR (WEB)

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