Cinco de Mayo - The Great American Tradition - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.
Cinco de Mayo - translated Fifth of May in Spanish, conjures up images of grand festivities in Mexico.
Rivers of margaritas flow unabated, colorful dresses are adorned by everyone, and even the animals wear sombreros.
Reality is a bit different. May 5th in Mexico is just like any other day. Cinco de Mayo is primarily an American festival. It is celebrated in Mexico but only in the state of Puebla - where they commemorate Mexico's unexpected victory over the French on May 5th, 1862. That battle also impacted the outcome of America's civil war since it curtailed Napoleon's efforts to resupply the confederates.
While there are multiple theories on how this tradition got started in the United States, some suggest it began when Mexicans who lived in California celebrated Mexico's victory in the Battle of Puebla. In the last several decades, it has become increasingly popular due to commercial interest.
Today, Cinco de Mayo is a major festival in the United States. Colorful parades around the country showcase Mexican heritage and culture. Festive Mexican music can be heard on the streets. And ofcourse, food and drinks are a huge part of the festivities. Overall, the celebrations are fun and full of life.
And like with many other American holidays, Cinco de Mayo is spreading to more countries quickly. Our powerful business and media brands will ensure that rest of the world joins the party as well.