Traditions of Cinco de Mayo

In Mexico Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday. It is especially celebrated in the state of Puebla and in Mexico City. It is seen as a holiday where they can honor their fore-fathers.

It is typically celebrated with activities such as parades and fiestas. In the Zocalo, or town square, people of all ages enjoy the music of a mariachi band and dancing. Food is also plays a large role in the celebration. Mole, a dish which has a thick spicy sauce over chicken or turkey, is traditionally served.

Some neighborhoods host their own "Battle of Puebla" and have a reenactment of the battle. Many use gunpowder to make it as realisitic as possible.

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