If you, like me, somehow end up knowing more about celebrations in the far abroad (a.k.a. not the neighbors), you probably have heard of Cinco de Mayo too. But, possibly, know as little about what’s and why as your average American.
Cinco de Mayo is literally “5th of May“, and it marks a very unlikely and grand Battle of Puebla victory, where Mexicans beat the far larger and better equipped French army. The same one that then was unbeaten for, what, half a century? Modern, huge, and otherwise a force to recon. And here’s the funny part. This day is celebrated in Puebla and one nearby place in earnest. The rest of the Mexico probably remembers it, but that won’t stop them from going about their day. At least, it’s not as celebrated as in USA.
USA started cheering it a hundred or so years after the battle occurred. Official reason: if Mexico hadn’t taken the victory then and there, French would’ve come to aid in civil war in the States, and hell knows what America would look like now. The more likely, but less official reason: it helped sell the Mexican alcohol.
Here’s a decent MTV Video for straight-to-the-point kind of I-don’t-want-to-read people.