Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Many people in the United States celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and take the opportuni ty to go to their local drinking holes€ or plan parties around the celebration.€ Fewer people actually know why it is celebrated, or exactly what the relevance€ of Cinco de Mayo is.€ Cinco de Mayo (which is Spanish for 'fifth of May') is€re ally a regional holiday mostly celebrated€in Mexico,€especially in the Mexican s tate of Puebla.€ The€celebration€ is in honor of the Mexican army’s€ trium ph over the French€ at the Battle of Puebla€on May 5, 1862, lead by€General Igna cio Sequin.€ It is commonly mistaken€as being Mexican Independence Day, which is actually on September 16.€ It is not a nationally recognized holiday in Mexico or in the US, but is more voluntarily celebrated as a symbol of Mexican pride, a nd the Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo festivities in the US take many forms, from somber rememberance ge t-togethers to rowdy parties filled with alcoholand revelry.€ It is also a great time to dress in a Cinco de Mayo costume ( http://www.halloweenmart.com/seasona l-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo )! For most people not of Mexican heritage, the celebra tion many times takes the form of participation in a party at a local Mexican re staurant, or bar that is themed Mexican for the day.€ HalloweenMart makes it tot ally simpleto Unfind a little Mexican inside them on this wonderful celebration day, with items themed Mexican for your fun and amusement.€ Wear a Mexican Serap e ( http://halloweenmart.com/seasonal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/mexican-serape )€or a Sombrero ( http://halloweenmart.com/seasonal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/sombrero_ 2 )€to show your support.€ Dress as Zapata himself in a Zapata costume ( http:// halloweenmart.com/seasonal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/Zapata-Mexican-Outlaw )€or be the life of a party in a Tequila Bottle costume. ( http://halloweenmart.com/seas onal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/tequila-bottle )€ The ladies who want to be the one all eyes are on at all Cinco de Mayo celebrations can wear a Sexy Mexican Shoote r Girl costume ( http://halloweenmart.com/seasonal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/Sexy-M exican-Shooter ), or even get a Sombrero for your dog ( http://halloweenmart.com /seasonal-costumes/Cinco-de-Mayo/Mini-Pet-Sombrero )!€ No matter what the reason behind your celebration of Cinco deMayo, it is sure to be a great time for all, filled with pride, fun and honor!Overall, Cinco de Mayo is a time to get togeth er and celebrate freedom, independence and the right to live as you wish.€ Those celebrating the honor of the Mexican army and their courageous victory can stan d right next to those simply wanting to celebrate life and all together cheer "V iva Mexico!" -------------------HalloweenMart is a global online seller of Halloween Costumes ( http://www.hallo weenmart.com ), Cinco de Mayo Costumes ( http://www.halloweenmart.com/seasonal-c ostumes/Cinco-de-Mayo ), and Costumes ( http://www.halloweenmart.com ) in genera l.

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