By: CJ Ramsaran

Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May. 

On this day in 1862 at the Battle of Pueblo, the Mexican Army against all odds, triumphed in victory over the French Army. 

The French were stronger and  more outfitted with some 6,500-8,000  soldiers in comparison to a smaller Mexican Army of 4,000 – 4,500.  Yet despite the odds, the Mexicans took a stronghold and overcame defeat.

Cinco de Mayo is observed nationally in the United States; with larger celebrations in States with a higher Mexican population/heritage.  It is also celebrated at a regional level in Mexico; primarily in the State of Puebla where the victory was won.  In Puebla, the holiday is more formally named El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla (English Translation: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).

On Cinco de Mayo, we stop not only to commemorate Mexico’s victory during the Battle of Puebla; we also stop to celebrate the vibrant culture and rich heritage of the Mexican people.