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Why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Contrary to what many Americans believe, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day celebration, which actually comes on Sept. 16. Cinco de Mayo, instead, commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Many Americans may wonder how Mexicans celebrate the holiday and if those celebrations are similar to the way the United States observes the holiday. The truth is, Cinco de Mayo is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico at all. Even though the Mexican government doesn’t recognize the holiday, all schools are closed on May 5, and it is an official state holiday for the State of Puebla, where the battle took place. In Veracruz, the state neighboring Puebla, it is treated as a full work holiday. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe




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