Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo (spanish for the 5th of May) is celebrated in Mexico, they have pinatas, merocas and traditional food and clothing, mostly in the state of Puebla. It all started on May.5,1862, The holiday began because of the initial vicotry of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over French forces in the Battle of Puebla.In Mexico Cinco de Mayo is known as there Independence Day althought Mexico's Independence Day is actally September 16th, which is the most important holiday except Cinco de Mayo. In 1861, Mexico had stopped making interest payments on loans that they had received before. So in response later in 1861, France attacked Mexico to try to force them to pay off there dept. France then decided that they would try to take over Mexico. France won the first invasion on Mexico but on May.5th,1862 in the city of Puebla Mexico was able to defend themselves and fought agenst the French, and Mexico won. One year later on May.5th,1872 the French occupied most of Mexico.The holiday has been celebrated all over the world since, for instance in Cuba they have a hudge parade with Fidel Castro waving to everyone, after the parade they have a street party where everyone dances and children sing and dance. in the United States they have performers.