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... the Mexican holiday celebrated on May 5, is not the Mexican Independence Day, as most people tend to believe. Their actual independence day is celebrated on 16th September.
Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for ‘Fifth of May’, and is a representation of Unity and Resistance for Mexico, when on 5th May 1862, an ill-equipped Mexican Army defeated France, one of the strongest armies of the time.
Even though the Cinco de Mayo holiday has its origins in Mexican heritage and culture, the celebrations are mostly in America, and in the city of Puebla, where the battle was fought. In the 1960s, the food and drink establishments marketed the day as a day to celebrate, and by the 80s, turned it into a major holiday, bigger even than Super Bowl Sunday or St. Patrick's Day.
In the United States, the celebrations for Cinco de Mayo are huge, with community organizations, bars and towns feasting in their own way.
Even the White House took part with some special ceremonies during the George W Bush days. Apart from the US, Australia, Cayman Islands, Canada, and Malta host Fifth of May parties.
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Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mark Mexican Independence, as many believe.
Instead, it’s meant to celebrate the Battle of Puebla, which was fought between the Mexican and French armies in 1862.
By defeating the French at the Battle of Puebla, Mexicans stopped the French army from moving northward toward the U.S. border, where they would likely have helped the Confederacy.
Mexico's victory likely changed the course of American history. The state of California viewed the victory as a defense of freedom.
Labor Day is a public holiday observed in the United States on the first Monday in September.
Labor Day celebrates the contribution of the American system of organized labor and workers to t...
Labor Day was first observed in 1882, but there is still disagreement who should take credit for its invention.
Some think it is Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor. Others believe it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist who later was elected secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in line with the plans of the Central Labor Union.
The Central Labor Union then urged other unions and trade organizations to hold a similar workingmens' holiday on the same date. By 1885, industrial centers nationwide observed Labor Day.
In Mexico, coffee is served throughout the day.
Called “café de olla” in Spanish, this traditional drink is brewed in individual earthenware pots filled with cinnamon sticks. This aromatic coffee is actually quite addicting.
Coffee comes with serious etiquette, including serving the oldest in the group first.
Saudi coffee (called “kahwa”) is dark, horrendously bitter, and flavored with cardamom. The coffee is usually served with sweet dates to cut the flavor.