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Cinco de Mayo is national Mexican Victory Day. Large-scale street festivities, concerts with folk music, songs, dances are held in Mexico, guests are treated to various national dishes, drinks emphasized Mexican colorfulness and originality.


Cinco de Mayo is Victory Day in Mexico. On May 5, 1862, in a great battle near the city of Pueblo, the Mexican army, numbering 4,000 soldiers, crushed the French army were trying to take control all of Mexico.

French soldiers lost battle, but after 3 years they tried again and were still able to capture Mexico City. Nevertheless, the battle of May 5, 1862, and victory in it remained forever in the Mexicans’ memory and history. For people, it’s a clear example of courage, dedication and patriotism.

Why the name Cinco de Mayo come? Translated, it means May 5.

Interesting Facts

Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, but it’s celebrated in other countries too.

  • Some American states (California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas) were part of Mexico before the Mexican-American War. People have preserved historical ties and traditions. So Cinco de Mayo is celebrated here at the state level.
  • It’s held in Japan, Australia, Canada, France and England.

When is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in 2022?

Cinco de Mayo is observed on May 5 each year.