You must have heard of Cinco de Mayo which is also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated on the Fifth of May as the symbol of victory over the French Empire by the Mexican army. Thousands of people go out and celebrate it like a festival. There are different events organized on this day so that everyone can have an amazing experience. In Mexico, you can find the celebration of this day in various towns and especially in Puebla where the said battle took place. There are parades taken place in which people honor the victory of the soldiers.
What really happened on this day?
In the year 1861, when the Mexican delays the payments of their debts to the English, Mexican, and Spanish country they invaded them. After a year in 1862, the English and Spanish government withdraws from Mexico. But the French do not withdraw due to the support from wealthy people and landowners. They try to establish their own rule over Mexico but with the help of General Ignacio Zaragoza and a poorly equipped troop of Mexican soldiers the war began in Puebla.
The battle took place on May 5, in which 1000 soldiers of French troops were killed. This fight was just the beginning and the fighting continues for five years. The victory of Puebla is the greatest support and morale for the Mexican which helps in winning the final battle. The name of the city changed to Puebla de Zaragoza, in which you can visit the site of the battle turned into the museum.
How do people celebrate on this day?
On May 5th, you can see the celebration of Cinco de Mayo with parades and victory speeches. There are some enactments of the real battle which took place. This helps in boosting the morale of the people for their soldiers and their country. The immigrants in the US also celebrate this day as their Mexican heritage. You might find some people drinking excessively on this day which is a negative side to these celebrations. But other than that you can enjoy various activities of these celebrations.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Bazaar del mundo Shop 4 and 5 may 2019