Facts about Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo meaning the fifth day of May is celebrated as equal to independence of the country. Though many people confuse it with the Mexican Independence Day but that is on September 16. Cinco de Mayo marks the anniversary of the famous battle, "Battle of Puebla" that was fought between the Mexicans and the French in 1862.
The anniversary of this battle is celebrated in the grand way because a small army of poorly equipped 4500 men were able to protect their country from a huge army of 6500 men. The victory helped Mexican develop the feeling of unity.
The United State observe this day as a holiday, helping to promote Mexican culture. The families go out with children to enjoy Mexican dishes, dance and music and Mexican art forms and buy Mexican products at markets called "Mercado".
Los Angeles, California holds the biggest Cinco de Mayo event where almost 600,000 people celebrate the day with Mexican food and music. This is called Festival de Fiesta, Broadway. Two other places away from Mexico enjoy this festival; Denver, Colorado and St. Paul's, Minnesota.
The same festival in Arizona is known for Chihuahuas, here parade and races form the part of celebration and a king and a queen of Chihuahuas are crowned.
The Americans celebrate this fiesta with high zeal because it was the last foreign invasion on North American soil. Thus this is the special day to celebrate pride, independence and freedom.
If you want to be the part of this celebration, you just have to invite friends, prepare Mexican dishes like burritos and salsa, add few decorations, mix some margaritas and enjoy Cinco de Mayo.