Here in the United States, we are surrounded and influenced by a melting pot of rich cultural diversity where there are different holidays we celebrate to honor various cultural traditions.
On May 5, 2013 Mexican and Chicano communities will observe the Cinco de Mayo holiday to commemorate and celebrate their Mexican culture, pride and heritage. The occasion will be marked by a Mexican culture of food, music, parades, and festivities.
Cinco de Mayo, not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day celebrated on September 16, is a day of great significance in the Mexican and Chicano community.
The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla that occurred on May 5, 1862 and celebrates the cause of freedom and bravery of the Mexican army, who, although were outnumbered in battle, achieved a symbolic victory in defeat over French forces.
As you celebrate the holiday and join in the festivities, please remember to honor its significance and commemorate in honor, the victory that symbolized unity and pride as well as those who fought for the cause of freedom.
Be blessed! -JD
- Cinco de Mayo: Understanding The History (ksfm.cbslocal.com)