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Cinco de Mayo Celebration: ¡Qué una tradición chula!


Just as on St. Patrick's Day anyone can be Irish, on the fifth of May anyone can be Mexican! :)


“In the United States Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico [where it is mainly remembered in Puebla.]


The date is perhaps best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick's Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively. Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols.


The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.


In 1861, Benito Juarez stopped making interest payments to countries that Mexico owed money to. In response, France attacked Mexico to force payment of this debt. France decided that it would try to take over and occupy Mexico. France was successful at first in its invasion; however, on May 5, 1862, at the city of Puebla, Mexican forces were able to defeat an attack by the larger French army. In the Battle of Puebla, the Mexicans were led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Although the Mexican army was victorious over the French at Puebla, the victory only delayed the French advance on Mexico City.


A year later, the French occupied Mexico. The French occupying forces placed Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico on the throne of Mexico in 1864. The French, under pressure from the United States, eventually withdrew in 1866-1867. Maximilian was deposed by President Benito Juarez and executed, five years after the Battle of Puebla.


The Battle of Puebla was important for at least two reasons. First, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. "This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years." Second, it was significant because since the Battle of Puebla no country in the Americas has been invaded by an army from another continent.


. . . [T]he modern American focus on the people of the world that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico.” Wikipedia



Que chula es Puebla, que linda

con sus mujeres hermosas

que tienen cara de rosa

y tienen labios de guinda.


Trozo de cielo en la tierra

esa es mi Puebla bonita,

esa es mi tierra bendita,

que tantas joyas encierra.


Que chula es Puebla, que linda

que linda, que chula es Puebla,

que chula es Puebla, que linda,

que linda, que chula es Puebla.


Puebla, tácita de plata,

cuando no piso tu suelo,

es tan grande mi desvelo,

que la nostalgia me mata.


Que bellos son tus altares,

mi hermosa Puebla querida,

por quien daría la vida

como te doy mis cantares.


Que chula es Puebla, que linda

que linda, que chula es Puebla,

que chula es Puebla, que linda,

que linda, que chula es Puebla.


Puebla bonita y bravía,

por tu leyenda y tu historia

Puebla cubierta de gloria,

linda Puebla, tierra mía.


Que chula es Puebla, que linda

que linda, que chula es Puebla,

que chula es Puebla, que linda,

que linda, que chula es Puebla.”


Languages in Puebla: "Other demographic particulars reveal that . . . 12% speak a native language, the most common of which is Nahuatl followed by Totonac, a statistic that places Puebla as the state with the eighth highest percentage of inhabitants who speak an indigenous language of Mexico.” wikipedia


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Taken on May 4, 2010