Coopera Blog — Common Misconceptions about Cinco de Mayo & the Hispanic Culture



Teaching is fun and clearing away the misconceptions of Cinco de Mayo for NEARLY all Americans is a fun little dinner party conversation. Learn the details and share the cultural facts.

Despite its reputation, Cinco de Mayo does not mark Mexico’s Independence Day. That is celeated on September 16, the day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo took to his pulpit in Dolores, Quertaro, and urged his congregation to join him in efforts to overthrow the Spanish tyranny in Mexico. The celeation is also known in Mexico as El Grito de Dolores or “Cry of Dolores.”

Cinco de Mayo is actually a regional holiday in Mexico, called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, celeating Mexico’s victory over the French on May 5, 1862, during the Battle of Puebla in the American Civil War. Although Cinco de Mayo is a big holiday in Puebla, it is actually celeated more in the U.S. than it is in most of Mexico. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is celeated with parades and festivals that offer plenty of traditional Mexican food, cold beverages and music for participants. The holiday has really become more about celeating the Mexican way of life than about remembering a battle that happened 150 years ago in Mexico.