Sunday, November 29, 2015
Beyond Mexican Food: The True Meaning of the Cinco de Mayo Holiday
The most popular holiday associated with Mexican cuisine is “Cinco de Mayo” (the 5th of May).Studies show, however, that this holiday is more popular in the United States than in Mexico. On this day, many people in Visalia, CA – as well as other locations around the world –eat Mexican food but have no clue what this day truly means in the history of Mexico. What really happened on the 5th of May? Contrary to popular belief and practice, Cinco de Mayo is not the Independence Day of Mexico from Spain—a misconception that many Americans have. According to the Mexican government and residents, Mexico had already declared their independence from Spain 50 years prior to the battle that this holiday is commemorating. September 16th is the actual day of independence that is celebrated throughout Mexico.