Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mexico's "Cinco de Mayo: (5th of May)

"El Cinco de Mayo," or fifth of May, commemorates the triumphant
victory of the Mexican forces over the French interventionists in 1862.
The highly outnum bered Mexican force s acquitted themselves in a valiant
manner against the highly trained and equipped French Army led by Veteran
General Charles Ferdinand Latrille de Lorencz.

The over confident French Forces figured they would have an easy
march from the port city of Veracruz to Mexico City. However, the Mexican
forces commanded by General Ignacio Zaragosa and Brigadier General Diaz,
outclassed and outman euvered the stunned stunned French Army which was
humiliatingly defeated in the fortified city of Puebla.

General Zaragosa, managed his troops with rare aplomp. The decisive
manuever of the day was carried out by Brigadier General Diaz, who
repelled a determined assault on Gen. Zaragosa's right flank. The dejected
French invaders, many veterans of more glorio us days, retreated to the
city of Orizaba. Hence, May 5 ---"El Cinco de Mayo,"--- was added to the
National Calendar of Holidays in honor of this heroic Mexican Victory.

About a year later, after receiving 30,000 reinforcements from
France, the French forces led by General Elie Forey surrounded the city of
Puebla and bombarded it into submission. However, the glorious "Cinco de
Mayo," Mexican victory, marked the beginning of the end for the French
Intervention in Mexico.

"El Cinco de Mayo," is an official holiday in Mexico and is
celebrated with a host of festivals, military parades, and formal and
official gatherings of elite social and political leaders.

In the United States, the 5th of May, is celebrated by Mexican
Americans in a similar fashion, but without all the conventional
formality. Latinos/Chicanos commemorate this day with outdoor folk
concerts, picnics, dances, youth parades, and other related festivals and
activities. "El Cinco de Mayo," offers Latinos/Chicanos in the USA, the
opportunity to touch base with their cultural heritage, and to take pride
in one of Mexico's great military victories.

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