Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 despite being vastly outnumbered.
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While people all over the USA will be sipping margaritas and pounding Coronas today, only a small percentage of Mexicans in Mexico will celebrate the regional holiday. At the end of the day, nearly 500 French soldiers were killed while Mexican forces lost less than 100 men. Cinco de Mayo freebies and dealsFor Sharks fans who couldn't make it to game 5 in Las Vegas, there was a viewing party at San Pedro Square Market.
The holiday is only lightly celebrated in Mexico.
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Cinco de Mayo - which literally translates to "May 5" - is not Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and marks the start of the war of Mexican independence from Spain. The French retreated though it would take six more years - and more battles - to convince the French to exit Mexico.
"Unfortunately, the celebrations have become less about the appreciation of Mexican heritage, and instead has become more about drinking and partying especially by non-Mexican individuals", the message continued. Cities and towns with large Mexican-American populations have held parades, put on shows with mariachi music and folk dances, and enjoyed traditional food including mole poblano since the 1960s when Chicanos raised awareness around it.
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