For many, the fifth day of May means one thing: Cinco de Mayo celebrations. But as it turns out, a lot of the people who get the most into celebrating the holiday are the ones who understand it the least. For one thing, Cinco de Mayo just isn't as big of a deal in Mexico as it is in other countries — it's not even a national holiday. And that leads directly to the second point. It's not, repeat, not Mexican Independence Day. That comes on September 16 and celebrates an event that occurred more than 50 years before the battle that Cinco de Mayo commemorates.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas May 3, 2018
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