Happy Cinco de Mayo! It's the 5th of May, the day when Mexico defeated the French army in 1862 at The Battle of Puebla. It's not the biggest holiday celebrated by Mexicans living in America. Did you know that?

Thanksgiving is the most celebrated among Mexicans living here in America, followed by Easter. Here are other things you may not know about Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's Independence Day. That would be September 16th. I tried to explain it to my 13 year old daughter. I tried once....only once but she actually understood it better then me.

Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.  You gotta love that, a festival for every day of the year.

Cinco de Mayo is a celebrations of underdogs. The victory at Puebla was big for Mexico because the Mexican Army went into the battle as underdogs and were vastly outnumbered.

They had no training and no equipment. The French had defeated them at every turn, yet they prevailed.

Cinco de Mayo IS NOT really a big deal in Mexico. We make a big fuss in the U.S. but it's not the biggest holiday in Mexico, that would be Mexican Independence Day. Mexicans celebrate today with family get-togethers, fireworks, dancing and lots of good food.

Cinco de Mayo IS a holiday for everyone to celebrate. The holiday was made popular here in the 60's and 70's by Chicano activists.  Many places in the U.S. have festivals, fiestas, food and music.

Any day that I can eat Mexican or have a margarita and call it a celebration, that's good enough for me!


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