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Video:How is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated?

with Ardis Campbell

Cinco de Mayo is an annual Mexican celebration and is probably the best known Mexican holiday in the U.S. Here's a video guide on the ways in which Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.See Transcript

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Transcript:How is Cinco de Mayo Celebrated?

Hi, I'm Ardis, and today for About.com, we are going to talk about how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.

History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is celebrated on May 5th for the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in the battle of Puebla in 1862. This holiday is celebrated mainly in the modern state of Puebla, Mexico and in areas of the U.S. where there is a higher percentage of Mexican population. Many people confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th to commemorate Mexico's freedom from Spain. When Mexico won their freedom from Spain, they had incurred many debts to other countries, including France. In turn, France invaded Mexico and headed to the capital, Mexico City. They met the strongest resistance in the state of Puebla, and even though France eventually won power for a few years, the state of Puebla still vigorously celebrates this victory on May 5th of every year.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

In Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with huge parades and even a battle reenactment. Mariachi music is played and dances are performed and of course, there are feasts. Many people make the traditional mole poblano sauce, which is a thick, smoky and sometimes chocolate-y sauce that can be used in stews or on top of enchiladas. In the U.S., many people celebrate by eating out at Mexican food restaurants, drinking margaritas and, of course, dancing to Mariachi music. Some areas of the U.S. where there are prevalent Cinco de Mayo celebrations are San Francisco, Santa Fe, and El Paso, Texas.

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