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Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day

(Monday is Cinco de Mayo)…It is a holiday in Mexico.

However, it is celebrated on a grander scale in the United States, mainly California and other border states, than it is in Mexico. Unless you go to Puebla, Mexico. In Puebla there is a major Cinco de Mayo celebration. The correct name for Cinco de Mayo is La Batalla de Puebla, or the Battle of Puebla. In 1862 a rag-tag group of Mexican volunteers out battled a much larger, better trained and better armed French military. The Mexicans, out-manned 3-1, were able to force a French retreat. The Napolean forces eventually were able to over take Benito Juarez’s troops, but it took them a lot longer than originally planned. Juarez was able to get his country back after six years of French rule. Many in the US confuse Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Independence Day. That is celebrated September 16th.