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Mexico’s Independence

By Linda Tancs

You might think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day.  Actually, it isn’t.  That stellar occasion on the Mexican calendar comes on 16 September.  So what’s the distinction?  Cinco de Mayo represents the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, whereas, 16 September marks the revolt against Spanish colonial government and the road to independence.  It’s a day for flags, balloons, sombreros, food and mariachi bands across the country.   Here’s a nice synopsis of Mexican Independence Day.

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