On Sunday, the Mexican community in America celebrated ‘Cinco de Mayo’, a day with great historical significance to the Mexican people.
Parades were held in Chicago’s West Side where many Mexican people joined and shouted ‘Viva Mexico’ to celebrate the day. One of the attendees was 4-year-old Andrea Urquizo whose father wanted her to know about her family’s Mexican heritage.
Her father Adrian Urquizo said that he wanted his daughter to know and respect the cultures of both America and Mexico.
The day is celebrated to commemorate the triumph of Mexican army over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
The Mexicans celebrate the day with dance, music, and liquors. They also dress themselves in bright, traditional dresses. Men ride on horses, women wear colorful skirts, and toddlers wear bandannas and tiny sombreros.
The day is commonly celebrated in the United States. However, many people do not know the real significance of the day and take it to be another party day.