What You Think You Know About Cinco De Mayo Is Wrong

What You Think You Know About Cinco De Mayo Is Wrong

For many, the fifth day of May means one thing: Cinco de Mayo celebrations. But what exactly is the reason for this holiday? As it turns out, there are many misconceptions about this day that need to be cleared up. Firstly, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain. That anniversary happens in September. On May 5, 1862, Mexico defeated French colonizers in the battle of Puebla. This anniversary is actually not celebrated by the entire country of Mexico, as it's not a national holiday. It is, however, celebrated by a few regions in the country.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Cinco de mayo is not the celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain. (0:19)

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    The modern Cinco de Mayo party did not originate in Mexico—it began in California. (0:55)

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    Tequila should not have a worm in its bottle—mezcal does. (1:34)

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