Friday, May 24, 2024

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Across the US, But a Different Story in Mexico

As the United States gears up for Cinco de Mayo, festivities are planned nationwide, with music, all-day happy hours, and deals on tacos. However, the celebration, widely misunderstood, is barely recognized south of the border.

In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is largely seen as a celebration of Mexican American culture, dating back to the 1800s in California. Festivities include parades, street food, block parties, mariachi competitions, and baile folklórico. However, the focus on drinking and eating has drawn criticism, with some embracing offensive stereotypes.

What it is:
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the 1862 victory by Mexican troops over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Historical reenactments and parades are held annually in Puebla.

What it isn’t:
Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.

This year’s celebrations:
With May 5 falling on a Sunday, celebrations are planned across the US, particularly in areas with large Mexican American populations. Bars and restaurants are offering Mexican fare and specials, including all-day happy hours, in honor of the occasion.

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