Sunday, 28 May, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are 5 facts about the day

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You can certainly celebrate by eating delicious Mexican food and drinking cervezas, tequilas, and margaritas to your heart's content.

But it is also a frequently misunderstood holiday.

What exactly is Cinco de Mayo?

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico's Independence Day-the most important national holiday in Mexico-which is celebrated September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.

In 1861 Mexico was suffering from financial ruin following years of internal strife. After realizing that almost 500 French soldiers died while less than 100 Mexican troops had been lost, the French withdrew their army and retreated. When the Civil War finally ended, the US forced France to withdraw its troops from Mexico and their empire collapsed. "Like so many immigrant groups in this country, Mexican-Americans have kept us young and dynamic and energetic as a people".

When the French finally attacked, on May 5, 1862, the battle lasted from daybreak to early evening. The Mexicans lost fewer than 100. We really wanted to experience the end, so we're out in the rain.

Cinco de Mayo falls on the anniversary of the battle of Puebla-fought over 150 years ago-and is celebrated for many reasons.

Nope. People in Puebla celebrate, as that's where the unlikely victory occurred, but the festivities aren't nationwide. Strictly speaking, it is still important to Mexico's independence. The day is commemorated with celebrations of Mexican cuisine, culture and music. But to many Americans, it's "Mexican Independence Day". In large part, those early holidays in the United States were a forum to celebrate the fact that a group of ragtag indigenous people were able to successfully hold back French forces.

Trump's immigration policies and rhetoric are leaving some Mexican Americans and immigrants feeling at odds with a holiday they already thought was appropriated by beer and liquor companies, event promoters and bars.

Despite the fact that Francois Dominguez and Patricia Leon did not grow up celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the owners have embraced the holiday.

Trump's relationship with Mexico has been turbulent over his campaign pledge to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border and force Mexico to pay for it.

No, he didn't take a picture of a taco bowl and tweet out that he "loves Hispanics!" - who'd be that tone-deaf and patronizing?

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