Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! A significant date for many Chicanos in the United States and Mexicans, it is NOT Mexico's Independence Day which is actually celebrated on September16.  Cinco de Mayo is an important day for many because it was when Mexican troops defeated the prestigious French army in a two day battle, "La Batalla de Puebla." Although the Mexican army was subsequently defeated by the French, this date holds much significance because it united the people and inspired them with patriotism.  The most interesting part of this story for me is that much like today, the Mexican army was made up of mostly indigenous peoples.  That in itself is a post for anther day. ¡Viva La Raza!

So be safe celebrating tonight and remember the real reason for Cinco de Mayo!

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