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Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in US than in Mexico, while Mexico did defeat the French military in one battle in Puebla, it went on to lose the war, however, due to its guerilla tactics & civilian intelligence networks it eventually drove French occupation back to Europe.
Oddly enough, US media, have bastardized the Cinco de Mayo celebration into a corporate styled holiday which at times features racist motifs & feasting of "Mexican food", and Mexican decedents unfamiliar with Mexican history have used the holiday as a source of self-empowerment.
What remains true for Cinco de Mayo is that Mexico has historically been confronted by the strongest empires of their time and survived (which is a victory in itself), which includes wars against the Spanish Empire, French Empire, and US manifest destiny empire.
As a result of successive wars, occupations, and nation breaking landgrabs by multiple empires, the Mexican nation has adopted a legal culture of anti-interventionism, anti-invasion, and in some instances anti-imperialism, despite constant modern incursions by foreign entities.
This Cinco De Mayo, drop the hardshell taco & pick up a book. Learn more about the history of your neighbors or self; build a stronger connection and respect, especially now when Mexico is again facing existential challenges by fascists bent on robbing it of its national wealth.
That being said, Feliz #CincoDeMayo, viva Mexico! 🇲🇽
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