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Today is Cinco de Mayo! I'm probably going to have some kind of Mexican food for dinner, but not sure if I'm going to make it or go out. Either way Mexican food is on the menu for dinner.
Here's some facts maybe you know about or not when it comes to Cinco de Mayo.
The History of Cinco de Mayo:
According to History.com, the fifth of May, or Cinco de Mayo in Spanish, is a national holiday in Mexico, although it is generally celebrated in Mexican-American communities in the U.S. on a much larger scale. It commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. A small, poorly armed force of around 4,500 soldiers defeated the French invasion of a well-armed, professional army led by Napoleon III that had about 8,000 soldiers. The battle lasted for four hours and ended in victory for the small Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza. So, Cinco de Mayo is hugely celebrated with pomp, gaiety and fiestas in the traditional Mexican style.
Ten Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts:
1.Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a much larger scale in the United States than in Mexico.
2.Chicanos celebrate this day in appreciation of Mexico’s culture.
3. General Ignacio Zaragoza was born in Texas when it was still part of Mexico and is considered to be a Chicano hero.
4. Cinco de Mayo is often confused with the Mexican Independence Day, which occurred on September 16, 1810, about 50 years earlier.
5. Cinco de Mayo is one of more than 365 festivals celebrated by people of Mexican descent.
6. The holiday was popularized in the U.S. in part by Chicano activists in the 1960’s and 1970’s who identified with the Mexican Indian and mestizo soldiers’ triumph over European conquest attempts.
7. The Festival de Fiesta Broadway in Los Angeles is the world’s largest Cinco de Mayo event. More than 600,000 gather to celebrate with food and music each year.
8. Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
9. Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city and where the Mexican Hat Dance, sombreros and mariachi music originated.
10. Mexico’s capital, Mexico City (one of the world’s largest cities) is sinking. Some of its buildings are sinking by as much as 4 to 12 inches a year. The city was once an Aztec capital on an island surrounded by a shallow lake. When the Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes captured the city, he drained the lake. Today, Mexico City rests on soft land that continues to sink.