As most of you know Cinco de Mayo is coming up this Friday! Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican Army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5th, 1862. To celebrate Student Senate will have a table set up in the atrium of the Eaton Rd campus on Friday, May 5th with candy, decorations, and some extra information regarding Cinco de Mayo.
A little bit about Cinco de Mayo…
– French Troops stormed Puebla on the morning of May 5th, 1862 to try and bring it under French rule. The Battle of Puebla lasted from daybreak to evening, there were 500 French soldiers lost and fewer than 100 Mexican soldiers.
-Many believe that this is Mexican Independence Day, but that is NOT true. Independence Day was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla occurred. Instead, Cinco de Mayo celebrates a single day in history.
– Here in the United States we use Cinco de Mayo to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage as well as the battle. It was brought to awareness in the 1960s by Chicano activists.
-Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated with dancing, Mexican folk music, food and so much more!
For more information, I have included some great websites below!