Viewpoint Celebrates Cinco De Mayo


Lily Brown, Staff Writer

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that takes place every year on the 5th of May, celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. The set of battles during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), were led by Benito Juárez and Napoleon III. Even though the Mexican Army was at a disadvantage in numbers, they managed to defeat the ominous invading French Army. In addition by stopping the French army from continuing further, it prevented them from joining the Confederacy in the south.

Although this holiday is celebrating Mexico, it is not celebrated widely in the whole of Mexico. The holiday is just celebrated in the town where the battle took place, in the State of Puebla. However in the United States, the holiday is very prevalent, with non-mexicans disrespectfully using the holiday as a day to party in traditional Mexican attire (sombreros, ect.). Another common depiction about the holiday is that it’s Mexican Independence Day, which is incorrect as independence day is in September.

A description of the holiday’s importance and their experiences was explained by members of LASA including Allan Maldonado, Natalie Campos, Sophia Hernandez, and Luna Satiago. Noting on how they do, or don’t celebrate the holiday, they provide interesting details about how to respectfully celebrate the culture associated with the day. Also, the members of LASA were seen at lunch handing out Mexican candy in celebration of the holiday. If you want to hear more about the significance of the holiday as well as useful information to know about ways to celebrate, check out The Patriot instagram where you can find the interview: