Cinco de Mayo Facts – 33 Interesting Facts About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco De Mayo Fun Facts

The Mexican army was led by a daring young officer Porfirio Diaz who distinguished himself in the battle of Puebla.

He subsequently became a politician, and in 1876 he became the President of Mexico. He remained at the helm of affairs until he was toppled in 1911 during the Mexican revolution.

Unlike common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day which is celebrated on September 16.

In 1810 Father Miguel Hidalgo, collected his men to take up arms against Spanish tyranny.

Cinco de Mayo has celebrated in America as well,  as the history of the two nations is highly intertwined.

The day is an unofficial US holiday and is believed to have it origin in Mexico though the day is not celebrated so feverishly in Mexico as in the US. The festival has been made famous by Latinos in the West during the Civil War.

President Franklin Roosevelt enacted the “Good Neighbor Policy” in 1933, and this is also one of the reasons why the event is celebrated with such fervor in the US.

It was under American pressure that the French ultimately left Mexico.

In Puebla and many USA cities with large Mexican populations, there are parades, dancing, and festivals.

Conventional Mexican food like Burritos with Minced Meat Filling, Chicken Quesadillas Tacos, Guacamole, and Tomato Salsa are served.