Cinco de Mayo

So it’s not Mexican Independence Day, and it’s not even a very big deal in Mexico (except in Puebla), since after all the French, who were defeated in Puebla on this date in 1862, went on to invade Mexico City and occupied Mexico for four more years.

So it’s funny that in 1863, just a year later, California picked this date to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage – especially since their own country had some pretty difficult things going on around that time.

But they did, and now we do, even at the White House, if a day early.

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