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Old 05-03-2003, 05:40 AM   #16
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Originally posted by Darth Eggplant
as for Cinco de Mayo
next to
Dia de los Muertos
it is a great day to celebrate.
yes it translates 5th of May
and not entirely sure whats up with it,
Jofa would know.
Cinco de Mayo is a commemoration of the anniversary of la Batalla de Puebla (May 5, 1982), where a small local militia was able to keep the invading French army (under Napolean III) from taking the town of Puebla (somewhere around Veracruz, I'm not exactly sure). The French ultimately won the war and controlled Mexico until Benito Juarez's forces captured Mexico City a few years later, but the battle remains a symbol of Mexican nationalism and pride.

The only thing about this is that it seems like today more people in the United States recognize and celebrate it than do Mexicans (in Mexico). It's often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, but that's on September 16, of course .

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