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Cinco de Mayo

Why is Cinco de Mayo celebrated in the US?

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May 07, 2014 3:12PM

During Roosevelt's presidency, he began to implement the Good

Neighbor Policy (1933) towards several countries in Latin America.

Cinco de Mayo began as a cultural festival, quickly turning into a

Mexican-American Pride Day, as much as St. Patrick's Day is for


Ironically, Cinco de Mayo is not that popular in Mexico: often

mistaken as the Mexican independence day (September 16 is the

actual independence day of Mexico), it marks the date of a

significant battle between Mexican and French forces during the

Second Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).

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