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Cinco de Mayo

May 02, 2016

May 5th is not Mexican Independence Day, despite what you may have heard. Mexico became independent from Spain at midnight on September 15, 1810. It took 11 years until the first Spanish soldiers clued in and were forced to leave Mexico.

The History

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French at the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. About 4,000 Mexicans faced the French army, which was better armed and three times larger - and the Mexicans won. A year later, the losers from Puebla managed to take over Mexico City and start a French government. The French victory was short lived. The government soon collapsed and Mexicans took back their city.

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Why is it Celebrated?

The fact that the heavily outnumbered Mexican army fought for victory and won is what all the fuss is about. Mexicans are proud of this day and celebrate it every May 5th. Independence Day is a bigger holiday, but that's another story.

How to Celebrate

Mexicans celebrate this holiday with a tons of food and drink, mariachi bands, parades and folk dancing. For the holiday, dig up a recipe for your favorite Mexican food and make sure it's spicy. If you're feeling really adventurous, why not try and make your own pinata and host your very own Cinco de Mayo party for all your friends!

Have Your Say

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Let us know!

 

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Best Way to Celebrate? Vote!

  • Food and lots of it!
  • With a Pinata of course.
  • Dancing the night away.
  • You have to have live bands.

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JazzyRox
JazzyRox posted in Say Anything:
"Nemokid" wrote:Well now that your life is ruined anyway, you should consider looking forward to taking revenge. Theres no going back now anymore. she ruined your life, u do something twice as bad. Cut off all ties with her if you havent. also to avoid getting crap from your parents tell them ure not bi, and that you've realized its a sin or something lmao. doesnt matter what others think, as long as youre true to yourself you'll be fine. But seriously tho, rek that kid. Do not get revenge on her. as it may sound good now, it will not be after you do. plus do not lie to your parents. i know that it was a bad thing to send you away, but if you lie and say "ooh yup i'm straight i know i sinned blah blah blah" it will help at the moment but in a few weeks/months/years they will find the truth and you will be in even more trouble. 
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blackveilbrides15
Can't we just accept people for who they are or is that just  to much to ask!
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fitta
fitta posted in Debating:
Give a valid reason why you don't support trans people without using the Bible or any religion.
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fitta
fitta posted in Debating:
All these lame excuses about what the Bible says make me laugh. The Bible also says that you can't work on sundays you can't eat pork you can't divorce you can't cheat you can't wear clothes and you can't hate because all of that is a sin. But you don't see people being so uptight about that do you? Only when it comes to someone who was born different  the Bible is convenient to you and matters. Trans people aren't doing any harm to anyone they just want to be who they are. So let them be who they are. There's nothing wrong with that. So keep your lame bible excuses about what god said is right or wrong because it's 2017 not 10BC 
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AlphaT
AlphaT posted in Debating:
"PuttingMyDefencesUp" wrote: We should support someone no matter what they choose or how they want to live Why? 
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