Mexico is a fiesta-happy country so we presumed Cinco de Mayo would warrant a big blowout celebration that would put the 2-for-1 margarita specials offered by “Mexican” food chains in the US to shame. Turns out, Cinco de Mayo in most of Mexico is not a big deal, with one exception.

Puebla, Mexico street

The Museo de la Revolucion in beautiful and historic Puebla, Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo in Puebla, Mexico

Cinco de Mayo is essentially a regional holiday celebrated in the city of Puebla to commemorate the Battle of Puebla during which the Mexican army somehow defeated a better equipped and much larger occupying force of French soldiers in 1862.

Anywhere outside of Puebla, however, Cinco de Mayo is just something that’s covered in history class.

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