Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is surrounded by misunderstandings about what exactly is being observed on May the fifth. Usually people who might not understand the meaning and historical context of this day spend it wearing sombreros and laughing at handle bar mustaches and for adults, drinking alcoholic beverages without a thought to what exactly happened on that day in 1862. Cinco de Mayo observes the Battle of Puebla were Mexican forces defeated the French which was a very unlikely outcome. It is supposed to commemorate this great victory for the Mexican army and the leadership of a Mexican general named Ignacio Zaragoza. It was declared a holiday today 1862, May 9th. But, many people who were brewers took this holiday and turned it into a day to drink so that it would benefit themselves, not the day of remembrance that it should have been. People in America take this Mexican holiday as a day to appropriate their culture not learn about what actually happened. For next Cinco de Mayo please, take just a minute to think of what you are celebrating and think if those tacos and sombreros are really appropriate. Also what is with all the jalapenos?!
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