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Cinco de Mayo!

Many people mistake Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May, as Mexico's Independence Day. In reality it is a holiday that celebrates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Puebla in 1862. This date is seen as very symbolic of the Mexican's courage against a formidable army.

Recently the holiday has gained popularity in the United States. For people with Mexican ancestry the holiday is a great opportunity to celebrate their heritige.

People who are not Mexican have also grasped the holiday, seeing it as a time to celebrate with their friends and family. In this manner it is becoming a bit of the Mexican version of St. Patrick's Day.

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Last modified May 16, 2006.
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