Monday, 15 October, 2018

Cinco de Mayo 2018: Holiday history, traditions; is it Mexican Independence Day?

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Every year, the Cinco de Mayo festival in Yakima keeps growing by inviting new vendors and performers.

Cinco de Mayo, the day bars and college campuses across America get packed with revelers eager to feast on guacamole and down tequila. In the US the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. Though far outnumbered, Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza fortified the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles and forced the French to retreat after losing close to 500 soldiers, according to History.com. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is observed with political speeches and battle re-enactments. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

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A year before that, as a presidential candidate, Trump marked the annual celebration by proclaiming his love for Hispanics and taking a photo of himself eating a taco bowl in his office at Trump Tower.

Most people in the USA mistake Cinco de Mayo as Mexico's Independence Day and think it's reason enough to throw on a serape, don a sombrero and become the Mexican caricature best executed by insensitive frat brothers, tasteless Halloween revelers and millions of people whose "friend is Mexican, so it's cool". And if you're a Kentuckian who took to the Internet to find out when the Mexican commemorative holiday is, you're reportedly among the majority.

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