A Note about Cinco de Mayo

Briefly, just to clear up a common misconception that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day: It’s not.

According to the venerable Wikipedia, the day of May 5th commemorates the victory in the Battle of Puebla over the French in 1862. In fact, it is really only celebrated in Puebla (and in the United States, of course).

Mexican Independence Day is September 16th, and commorates Hidalgo’s cry for independence (Grito de Dolores, “Cry of Pains”) – they would not be officially independent until 1821 (much like how Independence Day celebrates our Declaration, not victory in the war, which took place in 1781.

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