By Paige Mathieu
Cinco de Mayo, unlike what some people assume, is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16th. The fifth of May is a day to celebrate the day that General Ignacio Zaragoza fought and won the Battle of Puebla. Puebla, a state in Mexico, was invaded by the French army. The battle lasted all day, and only 100 Mexicans had died, while almost 500 of the French army had died. Since then, Cinco de Mayo has been commemorated as the day that Mexico won the Battle of Puebla.
Today, most Spanish-speaking countries do not celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Even in Puebla, people spend their day like they normally would, without a Federal holiday. Often times, there may be a parade to celebrate the day or a reenactment of the events of the battle. Cinco de Mayo has become a day mainly for Americans to celebrate Mexican culture.
On May 5th, people in America may enjoy Mexican food or listen to Mariachi music to celebrate the holiday. Large cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, or Houston, may also hold large celebrations.
To celebrate the day at the high school, students in both Ms. DosSantos’s and Ms. Cherry’s Spanish classes celebrated Cinco de Mayo by holding a small fiesta, which included many different foods from hispanic culture. These dishes that ranged from guacamole to Mexican brownies.