Wow- May 5th- Most people don't really know what cinco de Mayo celebrations are for- so to clarify: "It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest. "*
It's not really Mexican Independence day as some think, but in a way it celebrates their ability to stand up for themselves...which is independence...isn't it? So, here's celebrating community and personal independence. Cheers!
* quoted from clnet.ucla.edu.