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May 5, 2011

Would the Real Cinco de Mayo Please Stand Up?

cinco-de-mayo.png Ah…Cinco de Mayo. A day when happy hour specials abound in bars and cantinas all around the U.S. as patrons celebrate with rounds of tequila shots,
margaritas and plenty of chips and salsa. As you’re out and about today you might even spot a few Mexican flags and hear a couple joyous shouts of “Viva México!”

But do you know
what this day is really about?

As we dust off what’s left of our winter blues, say goodbye to those April showers and get ready for summer, May 5th has become a day to celebrate in the United States under the
common misconception that we’re gathering to recognize the national day of independence for our southern neighbor. While May 5th is a day of special significance in Mexico, it is not actually the day that marks their independence. In fact, while it gets a lot of attention up here, it’s a day that isn’t full of parties and fireworks south of the border.

Here at Magazines.com we’re happy to lift our Coronas and
shout a heartfelt “Salud!” to the day, but we’re also all about getting our story straight. That being said, we have a $10 gift card waiting for the person who correctly tells us all what May 5th really means to Mexico and what the name and day is when they do actually celebrate their independence. 

Let us know in the comments below.
The most complete answer wins the gift card!
That’s $10 to use however you’d like at Magazines.com! Maybe brush up on your Spanish with a People en Español subscription or make sure your Tía is up to speed on the latest drama in her favorite novela with a gift subscription to TV y Novelas!

Note: While being one of the first to answer helps you out, we’re looking for the most complete answer that hits all parts of the question!


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  • http://twitter.com/sumtxkid Angel Saucedo

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates the May 5, 1862, Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. This battle was significant for two reasons: the well-equipped French army had a two-to-one advantage in number of troops over the Mexican army, and no country in the Americas has been invaded by a foreign army since the Battle of Puebla. – PS. Mexicos Independence day is Sept. 16th. FYI AMERICA! :)

  • Anonymous

    Good answer Angel!
    Almost hit every part of the question.
    And the name Mexico’s real independence day is known by?????

  • Chris Rivera

    I’ve really can’t beat Angel’s answer to what Cinco de Mayo commemorates. Way 2 Go Angel but in essence to Mexico’s Independence Day, Mexico won their independence from Spain in 1821 on September 16. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in Mexico’s state capital of Puebla. However we do celebrate it here in the states. In reality, who really needs a reason to party?

  • http://twitter.com/sumtxkid Angel Saucedo

    el 16 de septiembre!

  • Anonymous

    Casi! Danos un poquito más!

  • http://twitter.com/sumtxkid Angel Saucedo

    Grito de Dolores!!!? si no es, ya no se! :/

  • Anonymous

    ESO!

  • http://twitter.com/BluePRintBrands Richard Morales

    El Grito!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for all your great answers!

    Yup, as Angel pointed out, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and was a huge feat as the Mexican army was so greatly outnumbered. As he also pointed out, it’s also significant as no country in the Americas has been invaded by a foreign army since.

    Angel and Chris both point out that Mexico’s actual independence day, however, is celebrated on Sept 16th every year in remembrance of freeing themselves from Spanish rule on Sept 16th, 1821. Angel and Richard both shared that the day is affectionately known as “El Grito”. El grito means “the shout/yell”, hence the famous Mexican shout that you’ve probably heard in movies, music or anytime you’re at a fiesta!

    Thanks for chiming in and helping us make sure people get this story straight and are drinking those margaritas for the right reasons!

    Mil gracias y un fuerte abrazo!