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Cinco de Mayo Traditions
Fifth of May Traditions

In reality there are many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo traditions.   The Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) celebration commemorates the day that the Mexican army triumphed over the French army at the battle of Puebla in 1862.

The History of 5 de Mayo

In Mexican history, the fifth of May 1862, celebrates the day the Mexican army, led by General Ignacion Zaragoza, won over the French the famous "Battle of Puebla". The following year the French sent over 30,000 troops and took control of the country giving power to Emperor Maximiliano. Maximiliano's ruling lasted under three years for two main reasons:

  1. Lack of financial support from France due to conflicts in Europe, and
  2. The United States of America stepped in to help the Mexicans.

The 5 the Mayo celebration is now really popular in the US. More than celebrating the actual Battle of Pueba, the Mexican-Americans started the tradition when the Chicano Civil Rights Movement led the rebellion to end racism, segregation, land theft, and human right violations to Latinos in the US.

Mexican-American and Mexican residents in the US have made "Cinco de Mayo" a celebaration filled with colors and folklore.

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mexican-Americans dress in typical Mexican attire as part of festivities with mariachi music, traditional food and drinks. PiƱatas, hats and serapes are used as party accessories to make the celebration more joyous.

Typical and regional Mexican clothing used in traditional dances make this a unique celebration.

Cinco de Mayo Traditions - 5th of May Traditions

Mexican Celebration TraditionsCinco de Mayo Mexican Clothing by Laura Carreto Tirado

Mexicans celebrate important dates or holidays with folk dances to emphasize local culture. Each of the regions in Mexico and also regions in the Southwest of the United States are known for their home-grown folk dances. They are characterized by a basic set of steps called zapateado which involve percussive heel-stomping. Costumed dancers perform elaborate dance routines in pair or as teams to the jubilant sounds of the Mariachi.

The 5 de Mayo costumes worn by men at folk dances in celebrations include black trousers, accented with a red tie and belt and a black wide-brimmed hat. For women costumes include brightly colored ruffled skirts trimmed with ribbons, shoes with heavy clog-like heels and ornate hair pieces.

Depending on the type of event, we have made a collection of Cinco de Mayo costumes. There are also the traditional Mexican costumes, celebration dresses, and modern Mexican clothes.

Something important to complement the costumes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo is the use of accessories and elaborate garments such as ribbons, necklaces, bracelets and rings.

Traditional Mexican clothing is very attractive and appealing and is an integral part of our culture. Mexican-Americans consider Mexican traditions the mirror of their culture and that is why Mexicans and Mexican-Americans alike are proud of it.

Without doubt, the Fifth of May is today a great party to enjoy and share Mexican culture.

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