Cinco De Mayo is a holiday celebrated on the fifth of May across the US and some parts of Mexico. But many students, even of a Latino or Hispanic lineage, don’t really understand the holiday.
What does it celebrate?
Not to be confused with Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, The holiday celebrates failed French invasion after a fledgling Mexican state fell behind on debt payments to European governments. The battle represented more of a symbolic victory for Mexican forces.
Why is it celebrated in the US?
It is widely a US celebration of Mexican cultural heritage for America’s Hispanic population. Latino and Hispanic activists raise awareness for the holiday. It is also recognized as the day we defended our freedom from France.
How is it celebrated?
Today, people celebrate the crazy holiday with mariachi music, traditional Mexican food, parades, and more.
Is it even still significant today?
The holiday is still very important even in 2018. Because of the election of president Donald Trump, fear of deportation has been raised amongst many people with Mexican heritage. Many Mexican Americans are anxious to celebrate the holiday because of the immigration rumors. But others see it as a way of embracing their culture, as well being proud of who they are and where they came from.