Saturday, May 5, 2007

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday in Mexico to commemorat an initial victory of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is widely observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Although it is not an official holiday, many cities with large populations of Mexican ancestry honor the day as a symbolic representation of Mexican pride and as a representation of a culture that blends both Mexican and American roots. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, and from prominent figures of Mexican descent in the United States, such as César Chávez.

Happy Cinco de Mayo.

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