1.Cinco de Mayo is a widely celebrated holiday in the United States. Has it always been that way. Why is it celebrated. In late 1861.The French army landed on the shores of Mexico with the intention of conquering the nation and adding it to the French empire by may have 1862. The French had advanced to the city of Puebla where they began to encounter heavy resistance. The French were attacked by a Mexican force that was half its size and a battle ensued which lasted several days. The Mexican army finally emerged victorious.
2.On May 5th 1862 while France would go on to capture Mexico City the victory at Puebla was praised and celebrated by Mexicans everywhere. This battle is the reason the Cinco de Mayo is celebrated today when Mexican gold miners in California first heard the news of the May 5th victory. They celebrated enthusiastically. They shot off guns and fireworks sang songs and made speeches. This is regarded as one of the first Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the United States. Since that time the holiday has been celebrated in the U.S. every year.
3.As time progressed Cinco de Mayo continued to become a more popular holiday in the United States while largely being ignored in Mexico. In the 1940s Cinco de Mayo celebrations became quite popular in communities with a large Mexican population such as Los Angeles and Houston. While Cinco de Mayo celebrations continued to grow throughout the 1950s and 60s it was still largely confined to California and a few other locations. It was not until the 1980s that Cinco de Mayo became widely known. Advertisers began to focus on the festive nature of the holiday and promote it across the U.S.. Since then Cinco de Mayo has taken on an entirely new meaning in the United States. It has become a celebration of Mexican culture and tradition. Similar to how St. Patrick’s Day is treated as a celebration of Irish culture and heritage prominent symbols of Mexican heritage are displayed with a heavy emphasis on food and music.
4.American schoolchildren are taught about the historical importance of the day as well as contributions made to society by influential Mexican Americans. Cinco de Mayo is much less significant. Mexico September 16th which is Mexico’s Independence Day is a much more widely celebrated holiday. While Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in some regions especially Pueblo in other parts of Mexico it is largely ignored. However students in Mexico do not have school on May 5th and Mexican citizens do find pride in the significance of the day. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated throughout the United States with more than 150 major Cinco de Mayo observances taking place in various cities. Other nations have joined in the fun as well. Cinco de Mayo festivities take place in Canada Jamaica Australia New Zealand the United Kingdom and even France.