(CNN) – Here is a look at Cinco de Mayo commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on May 5th every year.
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish on May 5th.
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The Mexican army, commanded by Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle in the city of Puebla – about 85 miles east of Mexico City – despite being smaller and poorly equipped.
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day from Spain, which took place in 1810 and is celebrated on September 16.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is watched with political speeches and reenactments of battles.
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During the 1960s and 1970s, the tag was identified with the Chicano rights movement in the United States, particularly the state of California.
The day became a day to celebrate Hispanic heritage.
Parades and festivals with mariachi music, dancing and Mexican food take place in many cities across the United States.
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