By Emmanuel Moss
Cinco de Mayo is an annual Mexican holiday celebrated on the 5th of May. This holiday celebrates the victory of the Mexican army against the French in 1832. The Mexican army defeated the French who were not only larger in numbers but also undefeated for fifty years.
To slow the advancement of the French army, Mexico attacked a small village in Puebla. This attack allowed for the unlikely victory of the Mexicans.
With the unlikely victory of the Mexican army, the date of the battle was declared an annual holiday. Cinco de Mayo soon became a popular holiday in Mexico and in places around the world with a heavy Mexican population.
There is nowhere in the world that celebrates Cinco de Mayo like they do in Puebla, Mexico (where the battle occurred). The many traditions for the day include large parades that feature people dressed up as Mexican and French soldiers.
Vendors sell traditional Mexican food and drink such as tacos, guacamole, margaritas, etc. Patriotic clothing and accessories for people to wear during the celebration are also offered. There is also sometimes a reenactment of the Mexican victory over the French troops that takes place in Puebla for visitors and residents to attend.
In the United States and some parts of Canada, people often throw Cinco de Mayo parties with their friends and family. The colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, and green) are often common in costumes and party decorations.
Mariachi bands or other Mexican folk music is not rare to find at these celebrations and there is often traditional Mexican dancing. Balloons, streamers, and flowers are often used to decorate. Many say the best part about Cinco de Mayo is the feast of traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, and salsa and tortilla chips.