HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! Time to start up the mariachi and get this fiesta started right! Celebrating "Cinco" as it is affectionately called, has become a favorite spring holiday in recent years. If you’re not familiar with the background of Cinco de Mayo, here’s a quick history lesson:
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is NOT a celebration of Mexico’s Independence. In 1862 at the Battle of Puebla, the Mexican army was outnumbered two-to-one by invading French troops. But that day – May 5 – the smaller Mexican army defeated the French and sent them packing. Today, May 5 commemorates that important victory and honors the country’s heritage and pride.
So why do you think Cinco de Mayo is celebrated so widely in the United States today?
Mexicans are the largest immigrant group in the United States today, and during Cinco de Mayo, communities hold events recognizing the contributions Mexican Americans have made to the nation.
The widespread growth of the holiday really began in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, when the U.S. government pursued the Good Neighbor policy toward Latin America. The growing “Chicano Movement,” when urban Mexican Americans asserted their civil rights, also contributed to the popularity of Cinco de Mayo.
So how will you be celebrating?
Enjoy the holiday responsibly and Happy Cinco de Mayo! #MyCypress #HappyCinco #CincoDeMayo #BeesAndBreakfast #MillingtonTN