Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a holiday held on May 5th. The date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Contrary to widespread popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico, which occurs on September 16th.

The Cinco de Mayo holiday has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. The date is perhaps best recognized as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively. Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin.

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