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Feliz Día de la Batalla de Puebla

As a Latin American woman born in Mexico but raised in the United States, I’ve always been curious about the history behind Americans celebrating Cinco de Mayo, “Fifth of May,” and what the day truly means for Mexicans. After many years of asking questions about the celebration, this is what I found out.

Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Mexico’s Independence Day.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not our Independence Day. We acquired our independence more than 40 years before the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo began as a day to...