Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to
impress your friends:
1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s
Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the
Battle of Puebla
, where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an
invading French army in 1862.
ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images
Artists take part in the reenactment of the Battle of Puebla
-Mexico's victory over France in 1862- during its anniversary
celebration at Penon de los Banos neighbourhood in Mexico City, on
May 5, 2016. Although in 1863 France finally took the Mexican
capital and installed a five-year regime led by Emperor
Maximilian, the Battle of Puebla's importance lies in that it
strengthened the Mexican spirit after it prevented Napoleon III
from conquering the country in a first attempt. / AFP / ALFREDO
ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty
2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is
in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds
more of a celebration on its
Independence Day, September 16,
than it does on Cinco de Mayo.
3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The
says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco
RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
Picture of avocados taken at an orchard in the municipality of
Uruapan, Michoacan State, Mexico, on October 18, 2016.With the
United States buying most of the Mexican avocado production and
the domestic demand constantly growing, the price of avocados in
Mexico is suffering frecuent increases. (RONALDO
4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de
Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.
5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S.
residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of
Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest
Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.
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