*This post was written by our Admissions Officer, Nancy Ceron. Thank you Nancy!*
Although there is a great amount of information regarding Cinco de Mayo online, there are still many groups in America who mistakenly believe it’s a day celebrating Mexico’s Independence. Cinco de Mayo is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5th, 1862; under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
During the presidency of Benito Juarez (from 1861-1872); he declared May 5th to be a national holiday in Mexico calling it “Battle of Puebla Day”. Today it is known as the ‘Battle of Cinco de Mayo” or “Batalla de Puebla” in the Hispanic culture. Puebla is the main location where historic reenactments, parades and meals take place to commemorate the battle.
In the Mexico many states and cities participate in the celebration supporting an important event in Mexican history. Many people hang up banners and school districts organize lessons and special events to educate their pupils about traditional Mexican culture. In some areas, particularly in Pueblo de Los Angeles, celebrations of regional Mexican music and dancing are held. In our beautiful city of San Diego, San Diegans have become participants of the holiday as well. Whether it’s going to Old Town and engaging in their Annual Fiesta event, having Margaritas at a bar and grill, or enjoying the great atmosphere Barrio Logan has to offer at the Chicano Park; Cinco de Mayo doesn’t just represent the “Battle of Puebla” it also represents unity, diversity, and acceptance of the different cultures brought to the United States throughout our long history.
Let this Cinco de Mayo be a day where we commemorate the Mexican Army and its victory by learning about the Hispanic culture, enjoying the outdoor activities and most of all by showing respect to our Hispanic community. For more information on the events planned for May 5th visit the Old Town website or go to the SanDiego.Org website for full list of events planned across the county.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Puebla!