Op-Ed: No, Cinco de Mayo Isn’t Mexican Independence Day

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A painting of a scene from the Battle of Puebla, the lopsided battle Mexican soldiers fought, and won, against the French on May 5, 1862. 

May 5, 2016 || By Gustavo Lira || OPINION 

It began in the late 70’s due in large part to the marketing efforts of beer companies to sell more beer.  It has now become an annual event.  I’m sure many of you have already seen the banners that have been put up at your local bars since last weekend or even earlier to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

I will participate in the celebrations at a local pub or a favorite Mexican restaurant with family and friends, and also share that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo is El Día de la Batalla de Puebla or the Day of the Battle of Puebla, which commemorates a David vs. Goliath battle that Mexican soldiers won against France.  The battle occurred in the town of Puebla located in east-central Mexico in 1862.  It is a historic event remembered nationally and especially in the town of Puebla where the battle took place.

So, !Salud! if you celebrate Cinco de Mayo today. Let’s tribute Mexico’s 1892 David vs. Goliath victory and encourage one other to triumph against any Goliaths in our own lives. !Salud!  VFP

Gustavo Lira is a resident of Maywood who digs a mean agave plant on his ranch in Mexico. 

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