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Recognizing Cinco de Mayo

In Community by Sarah Hink

Cinco de Mayo has just passed. Contrary to a widely held belief, Cinco de Mayo is not the celebration of Mexican independence day (that is actually in September). Instead, it commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely 1862 victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War. This victory in the face of overwhelming odds marked a point of pride and resistance for Mexicans in that war, which ended six years later. So why is this day of national significance in the United States? Because it has been adopted as a day to celebrate Mexican-American culture and heritage. At New Direction Family Law, we embrace Cinco de Mayo because Mexican culture is something to be respected and celebrated; as such, we would recommend treating Cinco de Mayo …