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While the UK marks the Coronation of King Charles III this weekend, the US and Mexico have their own celebration today – called Cinco De Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is an important date in Mexican history, but the holiday itself is actually celebrated more frequently in the United States.

So what is Cinco De Mayo, when is it and how is it celebrated?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco De Mayo – which means May Fifth – commemorates Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

It can also be referred to as the day of the Battle of Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo parade in New York City, USA

A Cinco de Mayo parade in New York (Image: Getty Images)

In short, France, led by Emperor Napoleon III, attempted to invade Mexico after its President Juárez suspended repayments of debts to some European countries following a civil war.

During the battle, the Mexican army was able to hold off the French forces and given France’s known military prowess, this was considered a great success.

Victory was fleeting when, not too long after, France invaded again and occupied Mexico City. Napoleon III then retired from the country just a few years later in 1867.

How is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo takes place on May 5th each year, falling on a Friday in 2023 and on a Sunday in 2024.

It’s not a public holiday in Mexico — and the annual Dia de la Independencia, also known as Mexican Independence Day, which falls on September 16, is widely celebrated.

In some parts of Mexico, and particularly in the state of Puebla where the battle took place, locals may stage military parades or battle reenactments.

But History.com writes that for many people in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is like any other day.

In the United States, however, it’s a big deal — often an opportunity to celebrate Mexican music, culture, and cuisine.

In California and many major cities across the country, such as Chicago and Denver, you can anticipate the day with parties, parades and festivals, music concerts, performances of mariachi and other traditional music, dancing, and lots of Mexican food.

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