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Cinco de Mayo, meaning ‘fifth of May’ in Spanish, may be one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. Contrary to popular belief, May 5th is not Mexico’s Independence Day (which is in fact celebrated September 16). Cinco de Mayo is actually celebrated to commemorate the outnumbered Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
So tonight, when you are sipping margaritas with your friends, impress them with a little history lesson and tell them what Cinco de Mayo is really about!