Its Cinco De Mayo!

It’s Cinco De Mayo today here in Mexico! And while this date is noted and observed in the US and Canada for commemorating Mexico’s cause of freedom and democracy, (which ironically was close to the same time of the American Civil War), it actually signifies a different purpose here in Mexico.

In Mexico, the 5th of May actually marks the Battle of Pueblo in 1862 where the Mexican Army defeated the French. This victory was sort of an underdog victory for the Mexican Army. The battle was significant because the historical accounts hold that around 4000 Mexican soldiers were outnumbered by 8000 french soldiers who were better equipped and undefeated for 50 years until this time.  The following picture shows the battle of Pueblo.

Contrary to some popular held beliefs, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. The majority of Cinco de Mayo fiestas are held in Pueblo. Other regions of Mexico do celebrate with small fiestas. There can be a few seen events here in Playa Del Carmen.
The actual independence day of Mexico is “Grito de Dolores”  (Cry for Dolores) or “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry for independence.) It is celebrated Septemeber 16th.  It signifies the beginning of Mexico’s revolt against the Spanish Colonial Government in 1810. An effort accounted to led by a Miguel Hidalgo Costillo, a Catholic Priest.
Annie from All About Playa

Annie from All About Playa

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