Napoleon III thought Mexico would be a fine addition to the Napoleonic Empire, and that the debt was a ideal excuse to get in and take over. As a result, President Benito Juárez declared he wouldn't be paying back loans to France, Britain and Spain for two years.
Friday commemorates Mexico's 1862 victory over the French. "It's at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, or Cinco de Mayo, that the Mexican army, which is about half the size of the French army, defeats the French". More than 90 percent of people there are white and less than 2.5 percent of Mexican descent. The French ended up retreating after losing nearly 500 soldiers.
Drink, be merry and celebrate the lovely Mexican culture.
Earlier in the year, the British Navy, utilizing their compelling military forces, secured Mexico's Pacific coast and custom houses, in an attempt to collect on a five million pesos loan made in 1851. Mexicans were helped in part by the end of the Civil War, when the U.S. was able to send their own troops to help out their besieged neighbour. Today Cinco de Mayo is a major public celebration in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, as well as smaller cities. It's mostly recognized in Puebla where the victory happened.
Mora says, "We are doing a Cinco de Mayo historic exhibit at the South Omaha Museum from 5 until 8".
When does Mexico celebrate its independence?
I feel a pretty good measure of discomfort at how the holiday has become the Mexican St Patrick's Day.
Why is it celebrated in the United States?
The holiday is on Friday and many Mexican restaurants across the nation are preparing. Wikipedia tells us "The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it".
While you cook and party, listen to some traditional Mexican music.
He's been preparing them for Cinco de Mayo because every year the holiday is one of the biggest money makers for local Latino businesses - like Don Emiliano's in O'Fallon, Missouri. Tonight, Joe's Brew and Holy Smokes will be teaming up to give you buy one take one Beergaritas, which you can enjoy with some bar chow from Holy Smokes. Irazoqui Ruiz asked about the wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the country. Mayweather's last 10 fights and 11 of his last 12 were all held on either Cinco de Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day weekend. But Mexican-Americans aren't necessarily encouraged by that tweet or the president's actual positions since, and some have said they are fearful of celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year because Mr Trump has stepped up immigration enforcement since taking office.