5 Things You Didn't Know About Cinco De Mayo... But Should!

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The Mexican Pride Day is celebrated every May 5th. This date commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862. Although Mexico is remembered and commemorates the Mexican triumph in the conflict, in the United States it is where Cinco de Mayo is celebrated most strongly. Here some things you didn't know about 5 de Mayo, but should!

5. What triggered the Battle of Puebla?

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After the War between Mexico and the United States in 1846, Mexico was involved in a civil war and became impoverished in such a way that it had to resort to European economic aid. But unable to pay the debts contracted with the France of Napoleon III, French troops invaded Mexico with the idea of reaching the capital and install a monarchy but were arrested in the city of Puebla, by the brave Mexican troops.

4. The Battle of Puebla, an example of courage

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This is another episode that reminds us of David's episode against Goliath. The battle faced a professional and well-armed French army against a group of Mexican soldiers, outnumbered, with little training and almost no armament. However, the troops commanded by Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin defeated the French and delayed the Mexican occupation, with great bravery.

3. Porfirio Díaz, the first great Mexican dictator was a hero of the Battle of Puebla

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That's right, the young Porfirio Diaz was one of the most prominent soldiers of that event, which began to cement his fame, and led him to a rapid rise in a military career before turning to politics. He ruled Mexico on different occasions since 1876, and uninterrupted from 1884 to 1911.

2. May 5 is not Mexico's Independence Day

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There are people who believe that Cinco de Mayo refers to Mexican independence, but that is not the case. The true Mexican Independence Day is September 16, when the Grito de Dolores is remembered, in 1810, considered the inaugural moment of the famous Mexican War of Independence.

1. The biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration

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The Festival Fiesta Broadway takes place in Los Angeles, California, every May 5th. Thousands of people attend this celebration, which is considered the celebration of the largest Mexican Pride Day in the world. It is the ideal time to have fun to the tune of traditional Mexican music, as well as to taste exquisite typical foods and to enjoy the samples of culture in the multitudinous parades.

Did you know this information about Cinco de Mayo? What else can you tell us about the Mexican Pride Day? Tell us in the comments!

Translated article original published on VIX Spanish, by Eduardo Hugalde.