Cinco de Mayo commemorates The Battle of Puebla in 1862

Clicking on the Web, by Howard Lestrud

What is Cinco de Mayo? It is a Mexican holiday celebrated on May 5 each year and commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

Cinco de Mayo is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population.

It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually Sept. 16.

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