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Cinco de Mayo: Why is it a holiday?

Cinco de Mayo: Why is it a holiday?

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo celebrations were first held in California in the 1860s, marked among the hundreds of Mexican miners who had crossed the border to work in the west.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo - which literally translates to "May 5" - is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and marks the start of the war of Mexican independence from Spain. "So tomorrow night at Bartaco [in Nashville], they allowed us to rent out the patio and we're going to have a Cinco de Mayo-slash-graduation party for my wife, who is getting her doctorate on Saturday", Smith revealed exclusively to Sounds Like Nashville. It's a time to celebrate Mexican culture and, for some, an opportunity to drink a lot of margaritas and cerveza.

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It also recognizes the many contributions of Mexican-Americans give to our nation. He also described the Battle of Puebla - the Mexican victory over the French which the holiday celebrates - as "a day defined by courage and sacrifice in the defense of freedom". Strictly speaking, it is still important to Mexico's independence. On that day in 1810, Mexican revolutionary priest Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla made a famous call to arms for his fellow men and women to resist Spanish colonial government. "It gives people a way to celebrate and incorporate some running." says Katie Davis. It's been big in the United States since Mexican Americans raised awareness for it in the 1960s.

The Cinco de Mayo parade is one of the largest in the Midwest. "I love Hispanics!" Trump wrote in a tweet.


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