Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican heritage and pride

Cinco de Mayo, translated from Spanish for “fifth of May,” is celebrated predominantly in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in Puebla. It is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, as well as commemorating the victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. The Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War, when the Mexican army won an unlikely victory over the French forces. The win at the Battle of Puebla was by no means a strategic win over the French; instead, it was a symbolic victory for the Mexican government and strengthened the resistance movement. Today, as part of the celebration of a joint celebration for Cinco de Mayo, people incorporate the Mexican flag through the day’s festivities by means of cakes, dishes, and decorations to recognize the victory.

The Mexican Flag, as it is today was adopted in 1968, and has a tricolor background of red, white and green, with the national coat of arms is displayed in the center of the flag. The current meaning behind the color of the flag is green represents hope, white represents unity, and red represents the blood of heroes. Flag day in Mexico is celebrated on February 24, and is celebrated with civic ceremonies across the country, honoring the Mexican Flag.

Different Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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