Cinco de Mayo: NOT Mexico's Independence Day
With a history steeped in battles and rebuilding, Mexico has earned every right to be proud. Today marks a Mexican holiday that more and more people every year celebrate in the United States, many not knowing the reason is: The "Batalla de Puebla" (Battle of Puebla) or "Cinco de Mayo" (Fifth of May).
While it may all seem like a huge fiesta now, the history of this holiday is covered in bloodshed and remembrance.
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence day. The El Grito de la Indepedencia (Cry of Independence) is held annually on Sept. 16 in honor of Mexico's independence from Spanish rule in 1810.
Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of freedom from a different oppressive European empire: France....
comments powered by Disqus
- Harvard's Steven Shapin Wins History of Science Award
- Middle East Studies Association Fights a Rising Tide of Critics
- Juan Cole says the postwar Middle East governments were modeled on the Soviet Union, though not communist (interview)
- Ted Widmer picks the 5 best presidential books worth reading
- AHA backs California's LGBT History law