Cinco De Mayo (1862)
Cinco De Mayo (1862) is one of the most important days celebrated in Mexico and by other Latin@/Hispanic/Chican@ communities all over the world. This will be the 5th Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration, which has taught many students, staff, faculty, and community members the true history of the Latin culture. LAS hopes to continue to inform students by providing foods, activities, and a variety of music and dance from countries such as Mexico, Puebla, and other countries of Latin America, which will be a learning experience for the students to discover the power of the Mexican/Latin American culture.
Cinco De Mayo is a day of great importance for the Mexican and Latin@/Chican@/Hispanic communities. This day marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Even though the Mexican army was eventually defeated; the Battle of Puebla, which in Spanish is known as the “Batalla de Puebla,” came to symbolize Mexican unity and nationalism. Furthermore, with this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. This day is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla, other parts of Latin America, and in the United States where there is a large significance of Mexican population.
We hope everyone comes to this celebration with an open mind and leaves with a greater understanding of the Latin@/HIspanic/Chican@ Culuture.
~ Latin@ Associated Student at UC Merced ~