Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May is a Spanish celebration in remembrance of the Mexican’s Army victory over the French Empire.
The Battle of Puebla occurred on May 5th, 1862. Mexico’s victory was surprising, and naturally provided a major boost in moral for the Mexican Army. The French were better armed, more prepared, and outnumbered Mexican forces, but Mexico was inspired under President Benito Juarez.
They not only slowed the French army, but they forced it to retreat, regroup, and Napoleon III had no other choice but to send additional manpower to site. On May 9th, 1862, President Juarez declared Cinco de Mayo a national holiday.
Unfortunately, by the 17th of May, the French Army made a full recovery and were victorious in their second attempt at the Second Battle of Puebla. Eventually, the Capital fell and the French pushed on to Mexico City forcing Juarez’s Government into exile.
Either way, we’ll celebrate the day. Happy Cinco de Mayo!