Celebrating Cinco de Mayo on May 5th has become increasingly popular in the U.S., but there’s a lot more to the holiday than just the opportunity for a party.
Here are some things you may not know about it:
Cinco de Mayo is often confused with Mexico’s Independence day, which is actually September 16th.
It’s also observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican pride and heritage. And, the celebration here started in the 1860s in the West and Southwest.
May 5th does have historical significance, since it marks the Mexican militia’s victory over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862.
And if you’re looking for a great place to celebrate, look no further than Los Angeles, which has the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration.