|Celebrating Cinco de Mayo|
Cinco de Mayo has derived its name from Spanish meaning Fifth of May. It was on this day in 1862 when a poorly supplied Mexican army had defeated the far larger and better-equipped French army, sent by Napoleon III to conquer Mexico. Although after their defeat in 1862, the French army won Mexicans later next year and controlled for the next four years.
The Mexicans led by General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated the French at Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Though the Battle of Puebla had inflicted serious losses, this victory had brought a great moral win for the Mexican government. It symbolized that the country was able to defend its sovereignty against a threat by any powerful country.
Today native Mexicans and Americans everywhere celebrate Cinco de Mayo to commemorate that historic event. Music, dancing and parades bring lots of festivity and fun on this day. Several towns in Mexico elaborately reenact the Battle of Puebla in the form of drama which includes acting and speeches.
In America, Cinco de Mayo means a chance to celebrate Chicano culture. Huge fairs are organized to celebrate this occasion and entertain people with Mexican singing, dancing, feasting, costumes and entertainment. It is a pleasure to listen to Mariachi bands and watch dancers performing native Mexican dances like Mexican Hat Dance and the Raspa. Besides, there are amazing fireworks and many sports activities. Parades and speeches too are important parts of Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Whether an American or a Mexican or any other native, every body seems to turn a Mexican on this occasion and enjoy the day to the fullest. It is a special symbol for all Mexicans who celebrate their rights and liberty. It is an occasion to honour them who fought and won the battle against all odds. Moreover, this day is also meant to celebrate friendship between Mexico and the United States.
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