Cinco De Mayo: Not Mexico’s Independence Day

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Cinco de Mayo, a day that's become one with tequila, salsa, and ice cold cervezas. But, when we think about it, do we really know the whole enchilada behind this holiday?

Right off the bat, it’s NOT Mexican Independence Day; that's September 16. So let’s stop saying that.

Cinco de Mayo is about Mexico’s 1862 victory over France during the battle of Puebla, which actually happened 50 years after Mexico’s Independence Day.

And believe it or not – Puebla, a state just to the east of Mexico City, is the only place in Mexico that really celebrates Cinco de Mayo.

The rest of Mexico considers it a minor holiday. In the United States, however, it has become a hell of a holiday!

Some people wish Cinco de Mayo was taken a little more seriously, but if a holiday is bringing people together over coronas and guacamole, we say 'Salud!'