Cinco de mayo- viva!


   As another year passes, Mexicans all over gather on May 5th to commemorate the history of Cinco de Mayo; a battle fought against the French Army who occupied Mexico during the 1850’s. Not to be confused with their Independence which happened 40 years earlier, the battle of Puebla, ultimately known as “Cinco de Mayo,” marks a day by which Mexico celebrates their strength and willingness to overcome the rule of foreign power. As a day of joy, festivals are organized, and all of Mexico unites.  The Cinco de Mayo celebration is much more popular here in the United States than it is in Mexico. People of Mexican descent in the United States celebrate this significant day by having parades with all types of Cinco de Mayo activities like folklore dancing and specific Cinco de Mayo recipes. In actuality all of America should join in as a tribute to the Mexicans who had won a great victory and kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen.  An army capable of defeating the Confederates at Gettysburg nearly 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War.