Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo—May 5—is a festive, lively Mexican celebration that has become increasingly popular in the United States. Although many believe it to be Mexico’s Independence Day, May 5 actually represents Mexico’s victory over France at the battle of Puebla in 1862. The following resources summarize the history of the holiday, and highlight some contemporary celebrations. Find out how and where to enjoy Cinco de Mayo through links to prominent festivals nationwide, or use the sources below to plan your own fiesta. For teachers, the Guide offers links to lesson plans and eco-friendly crafts. For a Spanish-language version of the Guide, click here.

History and Traditions of Cinco de Mayo

Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza’s victory over the French on May 5, 1862, symbolizes ... read more »

Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Because Cinco de Mayo has become so popular in the United States, many U.S. cities host elaborate ... read more »

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Home

Throw your own Cinco de Mayo celebration, complete with colorful activities, music and authentic ... read more »

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