Featured Story: Seltzer’s Cinco Facts About Cinco de Mayo. By: Shannon

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“Hola, I am Selzter, your favorite Chihuahua!  Most people think Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is celebrated to honor Mexican Independence day however, it is actually to celebrate victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). Despite having a small band of fighters, the Mexicans were able to defeat the massive French army on May 5, 1862.  Here are my Cinco Facts About Cinco de Mayo!”

 

UNO:  The festival is actually more widely celebrated in the United States than in Mexico. In 1862, when the Mexicans defeated the French, the Civil War in the USA had gathered intensity. Caught between both the conflicts, Mexicans in the USA started calling the victory in Puebla as their own victory. And since then, several Cinco de Mayo traditions, such as parades, Mariachi music performances, and street festivals were held in cities and towns across Mexico and the USA.

DOS:  The largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the USA takes place in Los Angeles, California, which has the highest concentration of Mexican-origin population in the country.

TRES:  Although the Mexican Army won the battle at Puebla on May 5th, 1862 the French went on to win the war, occupying the region for five years.

QUATRO:  Cinco de Mayo is not a federal holiday in Mexico. However, in the State of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is a very important state holiday celebrated with parades, festivals and reenactments.

CINCO:  Abraham Lincoln sympathized with the Mexican cause but during the French occupation he was unable to lend direct support to the nation due to the U.S. Civil War, which was taking place at the same time. When the Civil War finally ended, the U.S. forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed.

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

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