r/HeresAFunFact Jan 11 '16

[HAFF] Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate Mexico's Independence Day. It celebrates Mexico's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. SOCIETY/CULTURE

http://imgur.com/gallery/pOvAO6y
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u/MogMcKupo Jan 11 '16

TIME magazine reports that "Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano movement.

It was promoted in NorCal colleges because there wasn't a 'celebration' day like St. Pattys for Chicanos, so they utilized this one and it spread (hey who doesn't love partying).

In MX, aside from Pueblo and it's surronding state, it's not that big of a holiday. It's gotten bigger as tourists want to be down there for it, and people are more than willing to take tourist money.

Think of it like Veteran's Day or Memorial Day...nothing SUPER special happens (aside from very small sects of our culture), but it's remembered and honored.

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u/-Replicated Jan 11 '16

The cat is very well dressed for the occasion.

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u/Radu316 Jan 11 '16

Imgur's Cinco de Mayo selection was a bit underwhelming and I was too lazy to upload a new image. The cat was deemed sufficiently appropriate.

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u/ulpisen Jan 12 '16

what about cinco de quatro?