Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. The strong French army had nearly double the number of soldiers as in the poorly equipped Mexican army, but heart and determination won the day!
The underdog’s victory came to symbolize national unity and patriotism for the Mexican citizens. But this was only one battle in Mexico’s war for freedom against foreign invaders and not the country’s Independence Day as some people believe.
Sadly, over time the meaning of this impressive display of an unwavering love of homeland has been lost. Today, it has been adopted by many to be just another day to party.
So, bring the children to the Alachua branch library on Thursday, May 5th at 4:00 pm, for Cinco de Mayo Make it/Take it crafts day and maybe learn a little bit of Mexican culture and take home a craft.