Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration that is held on May 5. It is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French empire at the Battle of Puebla. The victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The day is widely celebrated across Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in many different ways: parades, parties, food, music and dancing. It is also celebrated in more traditional ways such as ceremonies, military parades or battle reenactments. Cinco de Mayo is also very significant in the United States. It is celebrated more in the US than in Mexico. In the US it is widely interpreted as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with a strong Mexican-American population. Some of the largest festivals are held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. In Mexico, it’s primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. It is not as popular in the rest of the country. Cinco de Mayo is not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day, which falls on September 16 and is considered to be Mexico’s most important patriotic holiday.

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