Historical or Celebratory?

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Yimel Hernandez-Gonzalez, Author

On May 5, 1862, Mexico had victory towards French dictator Napoleon III’s attempt towards conquest of Mexico. 

Cinco de Mayo in Mexico is known as the battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Most people confuse this event as the fighting of independence in Mexico when in reality it is only celebrating one battle out of many.

The Mexicans overall won this battle because they were expecting the French. General Ignacio Zaragoza had fortified the town in which they would have this fight. Less than 100 Mexican soldiers and more than 500 French soldiers died.  

A common way people celebrate or see Cinco de Mayo in the US is as Mexican festival,’” said Christian Jackson, an SMHS senior.  

Most people in the US don’t really know how Cinco de Mayo came to be. They celebrate this day with food, festivals and more embracing Mexican culture.

This is not a worldwide celebration. Although this was not one of the greatest victories of Mexico, it was one of the most influential. This battle gave a new light to General Ignacio Zaragoza and was a good show of strength from Mexico as a whole.  

In Mexico there are not a lot of places where people acknowledge and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The only place that really celebrates this is the town of Puebla.  

Overall, Cinco de Mayo is more of a historic event than a celebration. Although this event is very popular in the US especially in Mexican populated areas, it is not as popular in the country of Mexico.