Life & Culture

Modern Mini: Cinco de Mayo

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! 🇲🇽🎉🍾 Although it’s a highly commercialized holiday in the United States, what it celebrates is the perseverance of the Mexican people against all odds during the Battle of Puebla back in 1862. Here are some fun facts you may not know about Cinco de Mayo:⁠

🇲🇽Because of the victory of a small but mighty army composed of indigenous and mixed men, the country’s resistance movement was strengthened. ⁠

🇲🇽With support from the United States, Mexico was able to continue the resistance which eventually led the French to retreat, ending the era of European invasion in the Americas. ⁠

🇲🇽Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico, but it continues to be observed and celebrated in the state of Puebla.⁠

🇲🇽The holiday picked up traction in the United States in the 1960s as Chicano activists connected the victory of indigenous Mexicans with their own movement. ⁠

That spirit of perseverance is still true today for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans like me. So as you enjoy your tacos and sip your beer or tequila, remember to toast to those who continue to persevere.❤️⁠

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