The other day I was flipping through my calender and noticed that Sept 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day now I guess I am slightly ignorant when it comes to Mexican history but I had been under the impression that Cinco de Mayo was their sort of independence day. So the question was in my head and I needed it to be answered! All praise the mighty Wikipedia! Yes thats right, why to turn to anything other than Wikipedia to help me, and it did not disappoint.
So Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day, in fact its not even a federal holiday, its merely a regional holiday celebrated mainly in the state of Puebla. The holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla. And lets be honest in the US, the day had been reduced to simply a drunken bash.
Sept. 16 is Mexico’s Independence day. In 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, a Roman Catholic priest, and others planned a revolt against the Spanish colonial government. After a decade of war, Mexico won its Independence.
And Now I Know…and you know too.