What is the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo?
What are some traditions for Cinco de Mayo?
- Decorate your house. A Cinco de Mayo theme is simple to create in your home with colorful decorations you can make or buy!
- Bring Mexican to the family dinner table.
- Whip up some Mexican treats.
- Create DIY crafts.
- Teach them about Mexican history.
The Battle of Puebla
Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a ragtag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either Indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla.
The vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans, led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza, fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez gathered his army—supported by heavy artillery—before the city of Puebla and led an assault.