by Roger WWW Garrett and Jessy,posted May 3 2013 9:43AM
A Few things you may not have known about Cinco De Mayo....
#1.) It is NOT Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day is September 16th. It's called "Grito de Dolores", and it commemorates the day in 1810 when a Catholic priest declared war on Spain.
#2.) It's a Celebration of a Victory Over France. In 1861, Mexico defaulted on loans from a bunch of countries in Europe. The next year, FRANCE invaded. The French hadn't been beaten in 50 years, but on May 5th, 1862, the Mexicans won the Battle of Puebla.
#3.) It's WAY More Popular in the U.S. Than It Is in Mexico. It's not even a national holiday In Mexico. If it's celebrated at all, it's mostly celebrated by people near the city of Puebla, where ithe battle occured, in the southeastern part of Mexico.
--It only became popular in the U.S. in the '50s and '60s, partly because of FDR's 'Good Neighbor' policy of strengthening ties with Latin America.
#4.) It's Also Popular in Malta..?? Malta's an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, just below Italy. And Cinco de Mayo is supposedly really popular there too . . . because people in Malta love Corona, but who doesn't?!
#5.) They Celebrate in Chandler, Arizona by Racing Chihuahuas. There's no real reason behind it. Other than the obvious reason that it's AWESOME!!!
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